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These are a few examples of animals in the illegal pet trade.

Summary about the Illegal Pet Trade
The illegal pet trade is a lucrative business that takes place throughout the world. Usually, people participate in this trade in order to make money or provide food for themselves and/or their family. The people who buy the animals in order to showcase them as trophy pets, put them in their collection, or use parts of their body in medicine.


Questions about the Illegal Pet Trade

1. What animals are being traded?
  • All sorts of animals are traded illegally, from tortoises to exotic birds and great apes(gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans)
    • Orangutans in Southeast Asia specifically Borneo and Sumatra
    • Tortoises in Southeast Asia
    • Parrots in South America and Africa
2. Does it only apply to domesticated animals?
  • No, wild animals are taken and sold in the pet trade
    • Lions
    • Tigers
    • Bears (Oh my!)
3. Where is illegal pet trade prominent?
  • Everywhere
    • In some areas such as Southeast Asia the standard of living has improved because of the trade
4. How big is the illegal pet trade market?
  • The illegal pet trade is a global market. Because it is an illegal market it is hard to measure exactly how large the market is.
    • It is estimated to be between $5-20 billion
      • However, some of this comes from legal trade
    • The illegal pet trade is also done for subsistence hunting by many less developed countries
5. Why are they being taken?
  • As part of clearing land for development
  • Commercial aspect for money
  • Or as said earlier, in order to obtain food to live
6. Where are they being taken?
  • Traders sell them to collectors and customers who think that the animals look cool.
7. What are the risks?
  • Are there health risks and if so where are they?
    • The transmission of diseases such as Monkey Pox, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B
    • Eating bushmeat introduces the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and the above mentioned diseases
9. How do they get the animals?
  • Hunters use various types of traps, usually to trap the parents and take the babies once the parents are dead
  • The parents are usually killed for fur trade or the bushmeat market
10. Who wants these animals?
  • Collectors
  • People often purchase these animals because they are told that the animals are easy to care for. Often the buyer does not research the animal and buys an animal that can live longer than they can(for example parrots tortoises and some crocodilians can live well into their 50's and 60's)
11. Who sells these animals?
  • Organized crime syndicates
  • Poachers
  • Poorer communities
12. How do the sellers benefit from the selling of these animals?
  • Traders earn a better profit than they would working somewhere else.
13. Are only endangered species being sold?
  • No, in fact most species being traded are not endangered
14. What is the rate of the animals being taken out?
15. Why are some animals protected and not others?
  • In some areas animals are seen more as a nuisance than a vital species.
  • Are all native species protected?
    • All native species are not protected. The protection of native species depends on the country and state where the animal is being sold
16. How is the environment affected by the removal of species?
  • The forest have no animals at all, which in turn disrupts the ecosystem
17. How do you find out it an animal is illegal ?
  • Check with local authorities
  • Certain pets are legal in certain areas due to the states law
  • Most exotic animals require a permit (usually for breeding purposes)


Sources:
world wildlife Fund, Initials. (n.d.). Unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade. Retrieved from http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/species/about_species/problems/illegal_trade/
(2003, June 15). The Dirty side of the exotic animal pet trade. Retrieved from http://www.bornfreeusa.org/articles.php?p=180&more=1
Mee-yoo, Kwon. (2009, September 23). Exotic pet trade booming. Retrieved from http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/09/113_52383.html

Pictures:
Gregar, Dr. (n.d.). Aids: a clear-cut disaster. Retrieved from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://birdflubook.com/images/articles/bushmeat.jpg&imgrefurl=http://birdflubook.com/a.php%3Fid%3D43&usg=__mk0jh2M1plBsSA1HuSC9ibKzP8c=&h=223&w=250&sz=58&hl=en&start=11&um=1&tbnid=gH8EMgYE-Zt60M:&tbnh=99&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbushmeat%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den-us%26um%3D1
Associated Press, Initials. (2009, April 18). Orangutans threatened by illegal pet trade. Retrieved from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/04/18/_ul_Indonesia_Pet_Orangutans_JA%2BZ.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2009/04/18/pets.qp-8967868.sto&usg=__0ND4yZErB-OFwOxnhOgo30Tc4Qg=&h=450&w=305&sz=17&hl=en&start=17&um=1&tbnid=BweiAEkCNIbZgM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=86&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dillegal%2Bpet%2Btrade%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den-us%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1
Dewar, Jane. (1999, May 31). Bushmeat crisis – an ugly, painful and complicated problem that the media and most people refuse to acknowledge.. Retrieved from http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.gorilla-haven.org/ghphotos/bushmeatbaby.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.gorilla-haven.org/ghbushmeat.htm&usg=__FxXvG9YIkirhMX2ZkImi3Oom5Ko=&h=313&w=480&sz=32&hl=en&start=7&um=1&tbnid=7zT4-hFOpBKjkM:&tbnh=84&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbushmeat%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den-us%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1


Basically, motherfuckers trade pets in order to make money. Then bitches like white people buy them fuckers and show it off to their friends like look at what the fuck I got and you don't. That's right bitch, I broke the law to be better than you. This is them type of motherfuckers at Pace Academy.