Three very Sad Facts About Wildlife Trafficking

The illegal wildlife trade is just behind the drug trade in terms of worth.

The illegal trade of wildlife is one of the biggest threats to the environment on the planet, costs millions upon millions of dollars in damage, and has sent some species to the brink of extinction.

Here are three sad facts about wildlife trafficking.

Number one, the illegal trade of wildlife is worth $15 to $20 billion annually.  This makes it one of the largest illegal trades in the world and puts it just behind the drug trade in terms of worth.

Number two, thanks to the illegal trade of bush meat and the desire for illegal pets, chimpanzees are now completely extinct in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

Number three, poachers and those associated with illegal wildlife trade have killed 1,000 park rangers over the last decade.

Were you familiar with these stats or do they come as a big shock?

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