ILLEGAL TRADE IN ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PARTS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
INTL 5010 Introduction to Research Methods February 29th, 2012 Webster University, Thailand
The ecological balance of Southeast Asia is at a severe risk from the existence threatening illegal trade in wildlife and animal parts. From the World Conservation Union(IUCN) of the 1960s to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, co-operation has not reached the level sufficient to make unified and responsible decisions to curb the illicit trade in wild life. This paper provides an brief overview of the historical and cultural motivations, and the magnitude of the trade highlighting the importance of mutual co-operation in future endeavours at eliminating the illegal wildlife trade from the region.
ILLEGAL TRADE IN ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PARTS IN
SOUTH EAST ASIA
The illegal trade in exotic fauna and animal parts is the third largest illegal business globally: second only to narcotics trafficking and human trafficking. South East Asia is increasingly becoming the centre of the animal trade both in the procurement stage and as a transit point, where deals are brokered and sales are made. This trade has had a significant impact on a fragile ecosystem already threatened by human-environment conflict. Most tropical forests are already experiencing ‘empty forest’ syndrome, characterised
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