Illegal wildlife trade

The global trade in illegal wildlife products is estimated to be worth many billions of dollars per year, and is rapidly driving many iconic species towards extinction. Earthsight has carried out investigations into elephant poaching and ivory smuggling in eastern DR Congo, a region which has been subject of decades-long violent conflict and suffered appalling human rights abuses. Evidence obtained demonstrated that the ivory trade was helping to fund the FDLR, a rebel group whose members include many of those responsible for the genocide in Rwanda. Earthsight tracked the ivory through neighbouring countries and identified key traders. Earthsight have also conducted undercover market surveys into illegal ivory on sale in the UK.

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