In the XNUMXst century, the demand for wild animals and their products is growing. There is a huge interest in ivory, tiger and bear skins, turtle shells, deer and goat antlers, endangered bird eggs, sturgeon caviar… Most trafficked animals are sold and bought online - in social networks, mobile applications and specialized forums. Joint WWF and TRAFFIC report defines wildlife crimes as "The second most significant threat to biodiversity after habitat loss".

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In less than 50 years, we have lost 68% of the world's wildlife. In addition, channels for the illegal trafficking of wild animals support other criminal activities, such as counterfeiting, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Зtogether with drug and arms trafficking, crimes against wildlife rank among the most profitable criminal activities in the world, generating revenues of over 17 billion euros per year. 


"Many animals are traded as pets, others are used as raw materials for traditional medicine, others are used to make luxury goods, others are used as trophies, and fifths are food sources. When animal or plant species are of particular commercial interest, their populations can be rapidly destroyed, all the more so if this is combined with the loss of their habitats. That is why the illegal trade in wild animals is one of the main reasons for the extinction of species. In addition, it often leads to the penetration of invasive species, as well as the spread of dangerous zoonotic diseases. " - commented Ekaterina Voynova, Senior Expert on Species Conservation, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)

How does WWF protect wildlife?


As a conservation organization WWF Bulgaria has been working for years to prevent illegal activities, especially in protected areas such as Pirin, Strandzha, Rila, Vitosha, indiscriminate construction and logging, in some of the last wild places in our country. The bear rescue squad is making efforts to prevent the man-bear conflict, a Ichthyologists work with Danube and Black Sea fishermen to protect critically endangered sturgeons. WWF is currently preparing the first study of its kind on the scale of wildlife offenses, which is currently lacking at the national level. 


Environmentalists continue and its previous work on the restoration and protection of the home of wild animals - Bulgarian forests, rivers and protected areas. A fourth analysis of the volume of illegal logging in Bulgaria is forthcoming. According to the latest report, the hidden revenues gained from unregulated logging amount to BGN 150 million a year. But in addition to financial damage, illegal logging also leads to the loss of wildlife habitats.


ТThis Christmas WWF is rising voice against crimes against wildlife. Anyone who wants to can get involved in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, poaching, illegal fishing, the use of prohibited hunting and fishing gear by supporting the campaign ofколеда.


Let us together build a future in which people live in harmony with nature!

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