Taking Animal Trafficking Out of the Shadows
Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization | Winter 2006Innovations, Vol. 1, No. 2, Pages 25–35.
By Dener Giovanni
Excerpt: Animal trafficking, the third largest illegal trade in the world after drugs and arms, is a US$20 billion business. Brazil is estimated to account for up to 15% of this illicit global trade. In Brazil alone approximately 38 million animals are poached every year, posing a deep threat to regional and global biodiversity. The trade is as wasteful as it is massive; nine out of ten animals die while being captured or transported, often in torturous circumstances.
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