Illegal wildlife trade, fourth business with more revenues in Colombia

A study prepared by the Research and Rescue Unit and Rehabilitation of Wild Animals, says that illegal market is at the fourth place of income below drug trafficking, illegal arms trafficking and human trafficking or prostitution.

Each year, according to figures from Interpol, the illegal trade in wildlife, especially species at risk of extinction, generates about 17 billion dollars.
In Colombia the situation is worrying: about 160 animals are seized and confiscated by environmental authorities.

Claudia Brieva, director of Rescue and Rehabilitation Unit, said the problem of illegal animal trafficking in Colombia, was expanded considerably from areas like the Eastern Plains, Choco, the Amazon and the Caribbean, to provinces as Bolívar, Cauca, Córdoba, Santander, Valle del Cauca, Sucre, Antioquia or at the center of Colombia.

“The main problem of wildlife trafficking in the country is that there is demand, and often those who buy those animals think they are saving or doing something to preserve it. While a dealer earn money, business will continue as well as destruction and threat to many species, “said Brieva.

Another great controversy generated by the illegal wildlife trade in Colombia, is that wild animals are domesticated, are used to life without risks or natural hazards, and then when they go back to their natural habitats, are not able to survive the conditions of their own species.

The most vulnerable species to illicit trafficking in Colombia are jaguars, ocelots, small alligators and alligators for their fur, iguanas and turtles for their eggs, or to become pets as boa constrictors, parrots and macaws, monkeys, sloths, meadowlarks and singsong and also increases the business of selling peccaries, deer, tapirs and limpets to market their meat.

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