Wildlife Trafficking

The illegal trade of wild animals is the third largest clandestine activity in terms of dirty money volume, behind only the trafficking of drugs and arms.

Brazil is one of the main targets of the traffickers due to the immense diversity of fish, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and others.

Transportation conditions are terrible. Many animals die before arriving to their final destination.
Young animals are removed from the forest, cross borders hidden inside trafficker backpacks to be sold like merchandise.

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Every year, over 38 million wild animals are illegally removed from their habitats in the country, 40% of them to be sold abroad, according to a report by the Federal Police.

The internal trafficking is usually carried out by truck drivers, bus drivers and travelers. The international scheme, on the other hand, involves a large number of people.

Animals are caught or hunted in the Northern, Northeastern and Wetlands regions, usually by very poor people, and pass through several middlemen before going for sale in the Rio-São Paulo axis or abroad.

Animals are sent to pet shops, private collectors – who prefer rare, endangered species! – or for scientific purposes (snakes, toads, spiders...).

With the deforestation, many species are in the list of endangered species, especially in the Atlantic Forest. For additional information, visit the website www.renctas.org.br of the Brazilian Network to Combat the Wild Animal Trafficking, MMA, IBAMA, SOS FAUNA or CITIES - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

According to IBAMA, the disordered exploitation of the Brazilian territory is a leading cause for the extinction of some species. Deforestation and degradation of natural environments, the advancement of agriculture, the subsistence and predatory hunting, the trade of animals and products resulting from hunting, the illegal capture (trafficking) and the introduction of non-native species in the national territory are among the factors that effectively contribute to the extinction process. This process has been increasing in the last two decades as both population and poverty grow. Macaco

 What we can do about :

Do not purchase wild animals. According to the law, it is crime to keep native species captive without the certificate of origin.
Each captured individual is needed by the environment and will be missed for the descendents that it will not have.
Also, do not buy craftsmanship items made of animal parts such as colorful feathers.

Be alert. If you come across the trade in fairs or deposits, call the police. Provide detailed information on the occurrence.
Report it to IBAMA through the Green Line Phone: 0800 61 8080.
If animals are offered to you along roadsides, do not buy and reprimand the sellers by telling them this is crime and they should be away from that activity or they might be in trouble with the law.

Birds are born to be free, not stressed in the boredom of a small cage.
After all, what are their wings made for ?

Captive animals lose their self-defense capacity and can only survive back in nature if attended by a specialist.

If you decide to have a pet, there are thousands of abandoned dogs and cats to be adopted. Refer to your city hall or animal protection entities.

Only the population awareness will discourage such an illegal trade and protect the animals’ right to life and freedom.

If nobody buys, nobody sells, nobody hunts.

Cages be extinct !


Learn more: Convention on Biological Diversity (Rio-92).

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