United Nations Environment Programme


UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encouraging partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling notions and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


Wildlife trafficking involves the illegal trade, smuggling, poaching, capture, or collection of endangered species, protected wildlife (including animals or plants that are protected by government regulations such as quotas and natural reserves),by-products or products thereof. The main reason for the illegal wildlife trafficking is the rapidly expanding demand for a variety of products across the world that are derived from them. This includes exotic pets, trinkets, ingredients for traditional chinese medicine, bushmeat, jewelry, objects such as chess sets as well as the furs of animals for a variety of reasons such as coats, trophies and even costumes. On World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that animal poaching increased by an astounding 8,000% in the past seven years. It raises a profit estimated between $10 and $23 billion annually and is the fifth most profitable illegitimate trade globally.

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