International wildlife trafficking has become a low-risk. high-return illegal trade. China is a top demand country for wildlife products, and the current level of demand is both detrimental and unsustainable. Demand for wildlife in traditional Chinese medicine and as status symbols and investments, high profitability for supplying parties, complex and corrupt trafficking structures, and ineffective government policies and enforcement all contribute to the problem of wildlife trafficking. In addition to biodiversity loss, illegal wildlife trafficking provides funding for militant groups and introduces zoonotic diseases. One way to reduce demand is through targeted consumer campaigns that educate the public on problems associated with illegal wildlife trade and inspire change.
"Illegal Wildlife Trade in China,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2021:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2021/iss3/5