Some of the world’s most unique species are facing rapid population declines as the billion dollar illegal animal trade booms.
If you’ve been to south east Asia, or even some areas of central and south America chances are you’ve seen monkeys, snakes or birds paraded around some of the biggest tourist hotspots; giving excited (usually well meaning) tourists the chance to snap a photo with an iconic or unusual animal for a price.
Apart from the many animal rights issues we often hear about such as the conditions these animals are kept in, there is another issue that’s just not as spoken about.
Where do these animals come from?
The answer quite frankly is that these animals are very often illegally taken from the wild.
The elephants that people are excited to jump on the back of are not only kept in terrible conditions, but they are also stolen from…
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