If you are one of the growing number of people who want to see a reversal of biodiversity loss, key is to accept that the traditional conservation model has failed.
The reason for the failure is that traditional conservation has focused almost exclusively on the illegal trade and poverty, while clinically sidestepping the wealth that drives the legal trade. The legal trade is a key enabler of wildlife and timber trafficking and research has confirmed that over exploitation for the legal trade is a key driver of the extinction crisis.
The USA, the EU and China are the top consumers of endangered species. It is these countries who must take the lead driving down over exploitation. As citizens of these key consumer countries, we must look to our own purchasing behaviour. By paying attention to what you buy, you can play an active part in reducing the demand for wildlife products such as fur, exotic leathers, ivory, bones, feathers coral, luxury seafoods and tropical hardwood timber. Once more consumers show we care, the businesses who want our custom and the politicians who want our votes will take more notice of biodiversity loss.
If you would like to learn more about how the legal trade is enabling the industrial scale trafficking of wildlife and timber, check out articles from our online consumer magazine, HowToSpendItEthically.Org, or subscribe to get Nature Needs More latest news.
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