Estimated Number of Sharks Killed Each Year

According to a study released in March 2013, an estimated 100 Million sharks are being killed each year. Researchers attribute the biggest driver of shark fishing to the demand for shark fin soup. The soup is considered a luxury in China. Source:  Matt McGrath, “Shark kills number 100 million annually, research says,” BBC News, March… Continue reading Estimated Number of Sharks Killed Each Year

Price of Ivory as of March 2013

According to a report in the New York Times, a pound of ivory is selling for $1,300 in China as of March 2013. The value of the ivory is higher than the $900 per pound reported in October 2012. In 2011, a pound of ivory was selling for $270. (More illegal wildlife trade prices.) Source:… Continue reading Price of Ivory as of March 2013

Number of Animals Trafficked Each Year

Environmental protection agencies and wildlife charities estimate that up to 350 million specimens are illegal bought and sold on the black market each year. The entire illicit trade in wildlife trafficking is estimated to be worth $19 Billion. Source:  Damian Carrington, “People and animals at immediate risk from wildlife crime, Cites chief warns,” Guardian, March… Continue reading Number of Animals Trafficked Each Year

Raw Ivory Tusks Seized in 2012

Wildlife protection officers and police around the world seized 5,259 raw ivory tusks during 13 raids, according to information from the WWF and wildlife monitoring organization Traffic. The WWF estimates that up to 30,000 elephants are killed by poachers in Africa each year in order to supply the ivory market. Source:  “Yingluck to ‘consider’ ivory… Continue reading Raw Ivory Tusks Seized in 2012

Tibetan Antelope Wools Seizures in Nepal

Between January and February 2013, police in Nepal broke up a smuggling ring where they recovered 1,580 kilograms of Tibetan Antelope Wools. Police and wildlife officials estimate that at least 10,000 endangered Tibetan Antelopes were killed in order to produce that much wool. Source:  “Nepal busts wild animal parts smuggling racket,” Gulf Times, February 22,… Continue reading Tibetan Antelope Wools Seizures in Nepal

Losses to Theft of Oil Equipment in West Texas

Count police in West Texas estimate that oil drillers in the area are losing equipment worth $20 Million a year to theft. Thieves steal drilling equipment and other items in order to resell the goods on the black market. Some of the equipment are brought over the border and sold in Mexico. Source:  Dave Fehling,… Continue reading Losses to Theft of Oil Equipment in West Texas