01 May '12, 2pm

Brazil cracks down on wild animal trade

Brazil cracks down on wild animal trade

Blue-and-yellow macaws from Amazonia, green parrots, monkeys, turtles, anacondas and pumas: Wild animal trafficking is a very lucrative business that spares no species in Brazil, including those facing extinction. "According to our estimates, 38 million wild animals, 80 percent of them birds , are poached from the forest every year in Brazil and nearly 90 percent died during transport," said Rauff Lima, a spokesman for the non-governmental organization Renctas (National Network to Fight Trafficking of Wild Animals). But Renctas says the traffickers don't worry about the losses as the sale of a single specimen can earn them a profit in an industry now worth nearly $2 billion a year, the most profitable illegal trade after arms and drugs. In 2001, the organization released the first national report on wildlife trafficking. In that year, the last wild Little Blue Macaw — cons...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/brazil-c...

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