Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade
Illegal wildlife trade is the 4th most profitable illegal business behind drugs, human trafficking and counterfeits. Criminals involved in illegal wildlife trade are distributing firearms, intimidating communities, and bribing officials to achieve their goals. The business has grown exponentially and is now an international organised crime network run by trafficking syndicates, compromising international security. That’s why tackling illegal wildlife trade is such a vital and urgent part of our work at WWF.
What is Singapore's role?
Passing ThroughSingapore is a major transit hub for many species and products traded internationally. The Little Red Dot’s excellent and efficient transportation network is exploited by criminal organisations to smuggle endangered wildlife species and by-products to fuel the growing appetite for such products in the region. These enter Singapore from source countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, and are shipped out to large consumer markets such as China and Europe. Singapore is also a major importer and consumer of wildlife (live and products), such as caged birds for the pet trade, Saiga Antelope horn for the TCM trade, and sharks fins.
Local DemandConsumption of wildlife products occurs in everyday life, but some of these products are placing unprecedented demand on wild populations, threatening them with extinction.
In Singapore and the region, endangered species are sought after for
- Luxury, such as trinkets for luck, skins and furs for fashion
- Pet trade, in particular birds and reptiles
Learn more about the trade and the species it threatens.