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.
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the world's biggest contraband markets. According to the World Wildlife Fund, animal trafficking rakes in as much €17 billion a year. Yet the illegal trade in animals for pets goes mostly unnoticed. The population of the Barbary macaque has declined by 50 percent over the past two decades, and Nik Martin went to find out more about a recent ban on their trade.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's annual Red List assesses 97,000 species — 27,000 face extinction. Poaching, invasive pests, agriculture and climate change are driving many of them to the brink.
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