Essay about Animal Smuggling

1416 Words May 14th, 2013 6 Pages
ANIMAL SMUGGLING
Imagine walking through a American airport and you notice a woman’s skirt flapping up and down. At first thought you think nothing of it, but at second glance you you see feathers falling to the floor and two beautiful toucan parrots trying to make a last chance escape from the airport. One would think this never happens, but in all actuality these toucan parrots were drugged with dangerous tranquilizers and are a long ways from home. These birds are just a fraction of the ten billion dollar industry ones come to know as animal smuggling in North America (Smithsonian Magazine). With more than thirty eight million different species being smuggled into the states each year wildlife officers and custom officials have there
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The profit margin for the person capturing the usually endangered animal is very low. While on the flip side the buyer of these animals, after many exchanges of hands is extremely high. Not only is the profit margin high for the middle man selling these animals, the journey from one continent to another is often a terrible ordeal for live cargo. Toucan parrots often have their beaks taped shut, stuffed into nylon stockings, many times the birds are drugged or their eyes are perforated so that they will not sing in reaction to the light are just sum passengers in these cruel flights. “The airlines don't comply with international rules. During transport thirty to sixty percent off the species die.” says Giovanni Guadanga with the world wildlife fund (Mother Jones).
Species trafficking is considered a crime in most countries, but penalties vary from: six months to six years in prison. In 2002, seventeen people were indicted in Mexico on animal trafficking charges and paid hefty fines of five hundred eighty thousand dollars (National Geographic News). The largest animal smuggler in the world is Vixay Keosavang from Hong Tong, Laos. This gentleman operates out of Laos due to the loose laws on animal smuggling in that country. Laotian laws state that under the pretense that these animals are bred in captivity and therefore, in

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