W I L D L I F E  T R A D E

Species like this pygmy marmoset (below) are declining because they are hunted from their homes for the international wildlife trade. This trade is mostly illegal and highly lucrative, spawning corruption.

Smuggling of wildlife across international borders bypasses quarantine and other health regulations that risk the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola, SARS, monkey pox, and others. These viruses and diseases have the potential of impacting human health.

The Wildlife Conservation Society is planning action to stop the demand.

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Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Source: wcs.org


S T O P  W I L D L I F E  P O A C H I N G

Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristian Samper supports U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her focus on illegal wildlife trade.

Populations of the most charismatic wildlife species across the globe are in decline due to wildlife trafficking—among the world’s most lucrative illicit economies.

This year alone, 30,000 African elephants will be killed for their ivory.

Read more of the WCS statement here.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS