Reptiles: one in three species traded online – and 75% aren't protected by international law

Reptiles are consistently overlooked by regulators of the trade in wildlife, but many face extinction in the wild.

Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Five reasons people buy illegal wildlife products – and how to stop them

By understanding what drives people to buy wild species, we can figure out how best to stop them.

Diogo Veríssimo, Research Fellow in Conservation Marketing, University of Oxford • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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How can we stop people wanting to buy illegal wildlife products?

Promote new habits, find out why people engage with the wildlife trade and don't make it seem more widespread than it really is.

Diogo Veríssimo, Research Fellow in Conservation, University of Oxford • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: why a blanket ban on wildlife trade would not be the right response

If wildlife trade is forced underground it could become an even bigger threat to public health, fuel black market prices, and accelerate exploitation and extinction of species in the wild.

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, Oxford Martin Fellow, University of Oxford • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~8 min

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The new coronavirus emerged from the global wildlife trade – and may be devastating enough to end it

Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease.

George Wittemyer, Associate professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus has finally made us recognise the illegal wildlife trade is a public health issue

Once a purely conservation issue, it is now also considered a threat to biosecurity, public health and the economy.

Simon Evans, Principal Lecturer in Ecotourism, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~6 min

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