Dying for Consumption

Dear Friends

Sometimes you think that all wildlife problems are ‘over there’ but the latest interception by Customs officials at Manchester airport last September (details only now becoming available) expose the real truth. 350 live corals and clams, stolen from Indonesia’s protected reefs and shipped via Malaysia to the UK, for our ‘must have’ reef aquarium aficionados, show that we are embroiled in the trade up to our necks. The haul was worth £50,000 according to Customs officials. Sadly, the specimens were taken from the wild but have ended up in London Zoo.

And then there were the ice boxes of ‘fresh fish’. These were destined for Vietnam, originally from Thailand but when they were opened up (not in the UK), guess what? A ton of live snakes for the restaurant kitchens of China and Vietnam according to the Telegraph report. Many had died on the journey but the survivors are now being looked after at a wildlife animal rescue centre near Hanoi.

Snakes, fish, corals, birds, the list of wild animal species in trade globally is endless but not inexhaustible. There will come a time when our appetite for animals (literally in some cases) will drive species to extinction.

So please remember, if you are travelling abroad, or even in the UK, do not buy, do not eat, do not encourage the international trade in wild animal species and their parts. It is the kiss of death – visit Born Free’s Travellers’ Animal Alert to find out more.

Blogging off

Will

One Response to “Dying for Consumption”

  1. Fiona Says:

    Will, thanks for reminding us of what is literally going on on our own doorsteps.

    In addition – sometimes people , friends/family, who aren’t as focused on animals, will buy what they consider a thoughtful gift without understanding the origin of the gift.

    I was given a panda carving by a friend who went to China, but it was carved out of ivory. Another friend went to India and bought a carved wooden elephant but the tusks were made out of ivory. While both gifts were meant as thoughtful gestures, they actually saddened me. While the thought was appreciated, the horror of the ivory trade was brought up close and personal. We need to educate those around us so that when they’re travelling, they can make informed decisions on what they buy and bring back home.