Baby gorilla for sale on Instagram
Front Page Story Reveals an Illegal Trade
The Size of the Industry is Shocking
As the New York Times reported, international criminal gangs and corrupt government officials are the culprits behind a billion-dollar illegal wildlife trade.
Social media has brought this industry – and the horrific cruelty it causes – to an unprecedented scale. Smugglers in Africa, dealers in Southeast Asia, and private collectors in the Middle East use Instagram, Facebook and other platforms to message each other about buying and selling orphaned great apes who were stolen from the wild. They freely exchange information about prices and fraudulent permits.
The suffering inflicted on the victims of this trade is unimaginable.
These highly social animals are torn from their families when they’re babies. Many live in cages and develop self-destructive behaviors. When the apes are a few years older and become dangerous for people to handle, they’re often abandoned or killed.
“For every successful bust, wildlife specialists say, five to 10 other animals slip through. Poachers often wipe out entire families to get their hands on a single infant, which is far easier to smuggle.” – New York Times
Wildlife centers that are members of PASA have rescued thousands of primates from the illegal trade. They’re committed to giving them high-quality care and returning them to the wild whenever possible. Furthermore:
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A bushmeat market in West Africa
Dedicated care by staff of a PASA member sanctuary