New Report Shows Extent of Wildlife Trafficking From Latin America to the United States

Lack of funding leaves ports vulnerable to illegal trafficking

Washington (October 13, 2015) – The United States is one of the world’s largest consumers of illegal smuggled wildlife and wildlife products, with a domestic market value estimated at $2 billion. While demand is shockingly high in this country for trafficked goods, a new exhaustive report by Defenders of Wildlife identifies a lack of funding and capacity for domestic wildlife law enforcement at our borders and ports of entry as primarily to blame. 

Alejandra Goyenechea

Alejandra Goyenechea, International CounselAreas of Expertise: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Trade and the Environment in Latin America.

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