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A ravenous market for wildlife parts is pushing Earth's biota to the brink
A ravenous market for wildlife parts is pushing Earth's biota to the brink

The illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business, adds up to a global war against nature. Unchecked, it will give us a most un-Disneyesque future in which Dorothy's “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” will truly be over the rainbow. And that's just for starters. To grasp the breadth of the carnage, it's essential to realize that the war against nature affects hundreds of species — not just megafauna like elephants, tigers and rhinos, but vast numbers of smaller mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles — and that the toll is devastating. Among the battlefields, none may be bloodier than the forests of Southeast Asia, for they lie...

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