Trafficking animals: a jungle populated by colorful parrots, rare pearls, Vietnamese snake alcohol …. and unscrupulous people! The Border Guard Corps often encounters cases of animal trafficking. Recently, in St. Gallen, they found several endangered exotic birds that were about to be smuggled.
One can see in these photos a copy of golden conure of Amazonia. Even without being an expert, we see that the animal goes very badly. Protection of fauna and flora on a global scale: The concern to protect exotic animals such as the golden conure of the Amazon and to prevent smuggling resulted in 1973 on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, called CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), established by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The aim of this agreement is to preserve the flora and fauna of our planet and ensure its sustainable exploitation. To date, 182 states have committed themselves under CITES to strengthening the control of international trade to protect more than 5,600 animal species and 30,000 plant species.Trafficking in animals: The exhibition “Dead or Alive – Animal Trafficking” of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Bern presents objects confiscated by the Swiss Customs and shows strikingly how the illegal trade in live and dead animals and products of animal origin or despite the strengthening of controls. The trade concerns, on the one hand, animal products intended for the luxury sector (caviar or pearls), legal but imported illegally because the quantity of products available on the regular market is not sufficient to satisfy the demand. On the other hand, there is a black market that generates gains per billion by selling animal and plant products destined to be consumed, to be cured or to combat male impotence. While in Asia, turtles, sharks and snakes are popular, bushmeat (Bushmeat) is popular in African countries. Medicinal properties of rhinoceros, seahorses or tigers are considered therapeutic. Under our latitudes, we once hunted the ibex for its horns and their so-called aphrodisiac properties. As a general rule: the smaller the animal or plant, the greater the demand and the higher the price.