THE recent discoveries by the authorities and the many seizures of protected animals have exposed the size of the illegal trade still rampant in this country.
Bears, pangolins, civet cats and other protected and endangered species found by the relevant authorities were either for the foreign market or for domestic consumption.
It is regrettable there are still unscrupulous people who use this means to earn a fast buck at the sufferings of the animals.
Gullible and ignorant customers who are under the illusion that consuming these exotic animals would benefit them in a variety of ways have largely contributed to the continuing poaching of these animals and to their already depleting numbers in the wild.
The large number of pangolins intercepted by the wildlife authorities is particularly alarming, as these animals are not easily detected even in the wildest of places in this country.
The ability of these poachers to capture them in such large numbers is quite amazing.
Bears, tigers and elephants are fighting for their survival with the encroachment of human activity into their domain.
If this illegal animal trade is not checked, the animals' chances of seeing through this century are very slim.
The authorities should be ever vigilant to detect and prevent the continuance of illegal trade in exotic animals and the demand for such useless, so-called “panacea for ills” should be brought to an end.
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