Brazilian Amazon Has Lost Millions of Wild Animals to Criminal Network

kadefol

Awful, I guess bolsonaro must be getting kickbacks or else he doesn't care.


The Brazilian Amazon is hemorrhaging illegally traded wildlife according to a new report released Monday. Each year, thousands of silver-voiced saffron finches and other songbirds, along with rare macaws and parrots, are captured, trafficked and sold as pets. Some are auctioned as future contestants in songbird contests. Others are exported around the globe.


Fish bound for ornamental home aquariums also pour out of the Amazon, including the tiny, iridescent blue and red cardinal tetra. Arapaima fish — also known as pirarucù, one of the world's largest freshwater fish — are caught illegally, "laundered" amidst captive-bred specimens and shipped to the U.S. in large numbers.

Other fish are headed for the dinner table, as are freshwater turtles and their eggs, while tapir, peccary and other mammals are sold in Brazil as bushmeat. Jaguar teeth, heads and skins are shipped to China.


Millions of animals are being illegally captured and traded live and in parts in a thriving Brazilian black market, according to the report, produced by TRAFFIC, a UK-based nonprofit that studies the trade. "The pervasive and uncontrolled capture of wild animals and plants for the illegal trade is having grave consequences for Brazilian biodiversity, the national economy, the rule of law and good governance," it says.

Lack of Data Hides Trafficking

Deep-dive research by biodiversity consultant Sandra Charity — who wrote the 140-page study with Juliana Ferreira, executive director of the nonprofit conservation group Freeland Brasil —focused on Amazon rainforest species and closely investigated the domestic bird trade.

Importantly, the researchers found that an ever-increasing segment of the illegal trade launders poached animals via a sprawling, legal captive breeding industry — a network that specializes in birds, which have a huge domestic market in Brazil.


The authors also discovered that few government agencies have kept records or reported solid data that quantify the true scope of the problem. In many cases, records did not even identify the species or number of animals seized by authorities, while data coming from the Amazon was "notoriously scarce."


https://www.ecowatch.com/brazil-amazon-wildlife-criminal-networks-2646841421.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2



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ubro(2a)

Bolsonaro only cares about Bolsonaro, animals and people are expendable.

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elvis

Wild animal trafficking is a worldwide problem.

They don't have these critters in the Amazon:

The pangolin is the most-trafficked mammal. Poachers capture and kill these beautiful animals for their scales and meat. In some cases, their scales are passed off as pieces of plastic to get them through traditional travel channels.

Pangolins are nocturnal anteaters native to Southeastern Asia. They’re trafficked by the millions because of their varied uses, many of which are rooted in Chinese culture. The Chinese boil the scales off the animals’ hides and use them in medicines designed to cure everything from poor lactation to palsy in humans.

If that weren’t sad enough, the pangolin is perilously close to extinction. Most people don’t even know they exist, and when you see one for the first time, you might struggle to categorize it based on what you know about animal life.


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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Flora and fauna are being destroyed in the Amazon.

Bolsonaro only cares about Bolsonaro and his most loyal cronies.

Best of luck to the Brazilian people when the next election comes around.


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lurker111

That Pangolin kind of reminds me of a small Glyptodon. More like an anteater crossed with an armadillo. Some people say the Glyptodon went extinct about 1,000 years ago. It lived in the Amazon, and some believe humans may have cause their extinction.

Funny...and I mean "FUNNY" how the left blames everything on politics. CDS


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elvis

Butbutbut, Bolsonaro hasn't been around for 1,000 years. Does anyone think that this problem of worldwide illegal wild animal trade predates Bolsonaro?

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lurker111

I have to be careful when I buy coral for my reef tank.

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kadefol

Yes, other countries traffic animals, does that make the situation in the Amazon okay? As for bolsonaro, he is supposed to be in charge, it is his responsibility to double down on these illegal activities.

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ubro(2a)

Butbutbut, Bolsonaro hasn't been around for 1,000 years. Does anyone think that this problem of worldwide illegal wild animal trade predates Bolsonaro?

Bolsonaro is in charge, he is the leader and the one that can at least try and stop it.

Just because there is a worldwide problem with illegal animal trade that predates Bolsonaro does not IMO let him off the hook because then that excuse could be used so every country does not have to lift a finger to change it.

The OP is about Brazil.

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kadefol

^^ I wouldn't expect trumpers to be upset over this. After all, supporting trump means supporting the gutting of environmental regulations and dismantling of laws to protect natural habitats from drilling and development. Not to mention support of the killing of threatened/endangered species by his vicious imbecile sons.

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