The illegal trade of wildlife, worth roughly $19 billion (17 billion euros) each year, is the world's fourth largest illegal international trade - after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.
Trade and traffic in animals is many driving species around the world toward extinction. Efforts are being made to stem the trade. Below is an automated compilation of DW content on wildlife trade and trafficking.
Vietnam has destroyed seized ivory and rhino horn, wildlife products derived from species threatened with extinction. The public display of destruction comes ahead of a global conference to combat the illicit trade.
The global trade in ornamental fish is multi-million dollar industry. But popular movies like "Finding Nemo" can help fuel the demand for colorful home aquariums. Kids in Germany have been waiting in anticipation for "Finding Dory," which features a forgetful tang fish. But conservationists and animal welfare activists have mixed feelings about it.