Asia's Wildlife Trade
Asia’s Wildlife Trade: High demand for traditional medicines, exotic pets, and culinary delicacies drives a multibillion-dollar commerce—legal and illegal—that is emptying forests, fields, and seas. Across the region, we see the scale of the trade: traditions of consumption deeply ingrained in the culture, criminal activities that flourish in spite of the law, efforts at conservation and enforcement trying to gain footing, and the cold business of harvesting wild animals.The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation runs rehabilitation facilities for orangutans that have been confiscated from circuses, private pet owners, etc in hopes of returning the primates to the wild. Among activities are the recording of fingerprints for a computer database using Interpol technology, and "forest school," where human technicians bring infant orphan orangutans out in the trees where they can become accustomed to basic skills like swinging from branches and eating leaves.
Asia's Wildlife Trade
Asia’s Wildlife Trade: High demand for traditional medicines, exotic pets, and culinary delicacies drives a multibillion-dollar commerce—legal and illegal—that is emptying forests, fields, and seas. Across the region, we see the scale of the trade: traditions of consumption deeply ingrained in the culture, criminal activities that flourish in spite of the law, efforts at conservation and enforcement trying to gain footing, and the cold business of harvesting wild animals.At a reptile skinning operation, workers daily take hundreds of blood pythons and salvator monitors brought to them by local collectors, kill them with a blow to the head, fill the carcasses with water and air, skin them and dry the skins for sale to the leather goods industry.
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At the morning fish market on the east side of Lombok Island, the most profitable item is shark fin. Boats carrying sharks unload in the morning and porters carry them on poles to the selling area. At 8 am the sharks are auctioned off and immediately butchered. The purchaser will sometimes immediately sell the fresh shark meat and fins to separate buyers. Sometime the purchaser will keep the fins to dry and then sell. The meat stays in Indonesia but the fins and tails go to fin clearing houses in Surabaya, where dealers from China, HK and Taiwan buy in bulk. Here an average shark sells for around $100. About 2/3 of that value is for the fins.
Thinknao at Sanlitun Apple Store, Beijing
Thinknao at Sanlitun Apple Store, Beijing
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