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.
Worldwide, 7000 species suffer from wildlife trafficking. One species threatened with extinction is the pangolin — a shy, nocturnal creature found in Africa and parts of Asia. Resembling an armored anteater, pangolins are ruthlessly hunted for their scales, which are highly sought after in countries like China and Vietnam.