Graphic shows percentage of each major species traded globally, and the status of various species in terms of the threat of extinction.
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El comercio global de vida silvestre es mayor de lo que se esperaba

By Jordi Bou

October 3, 2019 - Por lo menos una de cada cinco especies de vertebrados sobre la Tierra se compra y vende en el mercado de vida silvestre, según un nuevo estudio. El comercio es 40-60% mayor de lo que se calculaba.

The trade of wildlife for luxury foods and medicinal parts and as pets is now so substantial that it represents one of the most prominent drivers of vertebrate extinction risk globally.

Of the 31,745 terrestrial bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species, 5,579 animals, or roughly 18%, are traded globally.

The authors of the study have also predicted that future trade will affect up to 3,196 additional species, totalling 8,775 species at risk of extinction from trade.

The study also shows that traded animals are in higher categories of threat compared with the non-traded species, confirming wildlife trade as a driver of extinction.

Globally, between $8 billion and $21 billion is reaped annually from the illegal trade, making it one of the world’s largest illegitimate businesses.

The authors stress the need for proactive strategies designed to combat global wildlife trade.

PUBLISHED: 03/10/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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