Currently there are too few calling out root cause issues and the enablers driving the exploitation of the legal trade of species causing the extinction crisis and, the current pandemic; this is the reason for launching The Fly. How has the developed world come to accept living with incompetence, fraud and corruption at all levels? And, if genuinely caring means knowing the truth and ignoring the skilled perception management then ask yourself, do you really, truly want to care?
Dealing with the legal trade in endangered species and all the institutions that enable it – governments, business, finance, intergovernmental organizations (such as the UN, WTO and CITES), mainstream and social media, academia – the list goes on-and-on needs some interrogation. The demise of endangered species (and the natural world more broadly) is caused by the developed world not the developing, who are the victims of the former’s greed and apathy.
The landmark May 2019 IPBES report into the global extinction crisis provided all the necessary evidence the conservation industry says it looks to with its evidence-based approach mantra. The report confirmed that direct exploitation for trade is the most important driver of decline and extinction risk for marine species and the second most important driver for terrestrial and freshwater species.