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Fighting illegal trade with exotic pets

The number of wild vertebrates has decreased by more than half during the last 40 years. A contributing factor is poaching and the illegal trade of animal products. This trade includes animal parts such as ivory, rhino horns and reptile skins, but also live animals sold as exotic pets. The fight to stop the illegal trade of live animals comes with specific challenges and requires fast action.

Many animals die before they even arrive, and for each animal that is sold alive, four more die during transportation. In this project, Stichting Wildlife Justice Comission aims to counter that negative development.

The project is supported with 2 500 000 SEK.

What the project delivers

The project aims to map out and analyze criminal networks involved in the exotic pet trade and gather the evidence needed to investigate and stop them.

Why we support this project

Fighting poaching and illegal animal trafficking are crucial to preserving endangered animals for future generations.

Project time status


This project started in January 2019 and ended in June 2020

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