Wildlife trafficking is the world’s fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting. It is valued up to US$26 billion per year.
Asia is an epicenter for wildlife trafficking. To feed this trade, animals and plants are harvested or caught indiscriminately regardless of their status.
Mythical medicinal qualities and high market value continue to drive the demand for illegal wildlife products.
Countries in Southeast Asia are implicated in three ways –
Southeast Asia is home to many iconic species. It is also a poaching hotspot. Animals are killed and trafficked in all forms: baby orangutans are captured to be sold as pets, tiger parts are used in medicine and turtle shells are used for ornaments.
The strong connectivity in this region is abused by illegal networks as transit points to avoid detection. In a year, tens of thousands of animals are seized from the illegal wildlife trade.
Asia’s most notorious ground for illegal wildlife trade lies within the border areas connecting Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Also known as the Golden Triangle, the region is infamous for being a source and end destination for illegal wildlife products, including endangered species.
Singapore has been identified as a major transit hub for the illegal wildlife trade. The country’s strong connectivity makes it an attractive route for syndicates to move products through its shores.
As the illegal wildlife trade is globally connected, any measures on Singapore’s part to address our role as a transit hub will have a significant impact on international progress.
Click on the following videos to find out more on the illegal wildlife trade.
Find out the depth of involvement by Southeast Asian countries in fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.
With billions of dollars at play and international criminal syndicates involved, the global illegal wildlife trade market is not as distant as we imagine. The epicentre of this global trade lies right here, in Southeast Asia. Find out the depth of involvement by Southeast Asian countries in fuelling the illegal wildlife trade.
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The world’s deadliest supermarket is right here, in Southeast Asia. From tigers to bears and elephant, every wildlife part is for sale. Join us as we head to Ground Zero and discover the sinister realities of the illegal wildlife trade.
Everyone has a role to stop the illegal wildlife trade. Here’s how you can contribute:
Contact the relevant authorities to report any illegal wildlife trade that is happening in your area. Call the following numbers to make a report:
ACRES Wildlife Crime: +65 9783 7782 (24 hours)
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority: +65 6805 2992 / 1800 476 1600 (24 hours)
Southeast Asia is home to some of the most notorious illegal wildlife trade activities. Spanning across popular tourist destinations like Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, the selling and retailing of wildlife products have to stop now.
WWF’s recommendations for stronger wildlife protection in the region:
Singapore is not only a major transshipment port for illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and around the region, it still imports and consumes certain wildlife in the form of pet trades, TCM products and the like.
In Singapore, I am standing against illegal wildlife trade by: