Trading to Extinction

Patrick Brown

The wildlife business is the third largest illegal trade in the world, rivalled only by guns and drugs.From the pristine jungles of Cambodia to the great national parks of India and Nepal, Asian wildlife is being plundered on an unprecedented scale. Every year, it is estimated that up to 30,000 primates, 5 million birds, 10 million reptile skins and 500 million tropical fish are traded. The wildlife business is the third largest illegal trade in the world, rivalled only by guns and drugs. Strong beliefs in obscure parts of traditional Chinese medicine have driven this development. According to ancient custom, animal parts are imbued with 'magical' properties. Some believe, for example, that eating the flesh of a tiger will make them strong. Despite scientific studies proving such superstitions wrong, the trade in animals and animal parts continues largely unchecked, fuelled by desire, greed and corruption.

The problem seems insurmountable; one way of curbing the rampant killing and decreasing the demand for rare animals is to educate future generations and counter antiquated and false beliefs.~Patrick Brown has won awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, Days Japan and the 3P foundation for this work. To hear him speak about the project in a multimedia presentation, visit Mediastorm.~~The book Trading to Extinction will be published by Dewi Lewis on 7 February 2014. For more details click HERE or to BUY A COPY click HERE.~~On 12 and 13 February 2014, the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron will host an international conference to discuss the threat of the illegal trade in wildlife to global security and the survival of certain species. Representatives from 50 nations are expected to attend and the UK has pledged GBP 10 million to combat the trade which is estimated to be worth USD 19 billion annually.

 

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