It’s time to take on Trafficking more seriously
Just look at the numbers – the population of elephants in the world’s forests plummeted by an astonishing 62 percent between 2002 and 2011. Last year researchers estimate that in South Africa alone, a rhino was killed every eight hours. The tiger population at the beginning of the last century stood at 1,00,000 – today it hovers around the 3,500 mark. Illegal logging is estimated to constitute around 30 percent of all timber sales and illegal fishing constitutes around 20 percent of marine fish sales. Around five million wild birds are illegally traded every year along with millions of reptiles like turtles and snakes.