Poachers use scientific papers for illegal trade!

Who ever reads scientific articles and journals? Most of them are maybe too correct, and therefore boring to read for the public. Therefore, most articles will never go to the publics attention.

However, when it comes to new found discoveries of species, science papers has drawn the attention of a certain group of people – poachers. The information is used to find out more about the location of where new founds species can be found, collect them and sell them on the black market.

Even when the location is not given, in order to protect the species, only a few months are needed and the species appear in Europe. Many species faces a critical threat to extinction only due to the intense collecting by wildlife smugglers.


An orangutan confiscated from smugglers, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sulawesi is a hot spot for illegal trade of endangered species.

One species facing threatened by illegal trade is the orangutan, which are often sold as pets when they are babies. Personally I think this is outrageous, and worst part is that illegal trade of species like the orangutan is not uncommon, even in Europe.

Read more here about poachers use of scientific papers

  4 comments for “Poachers use scientific papers for illegal trade!

  1. January 15, 2016 at 22:59

    I’ve heard about this, and it’s a real shame. Thanks for getting the word out.

    Oh, and I read scientific papers almost every day 😛

    • January 17, 2016 at 16:36

      But you are a researcher? 😉 Illegal trade is a bigger threat than people think, also for small species. And it is not just the chinese people, also it has high prevalence in Europe and US. Just not with rhino horns.

      • January 17, 2016 at 22:37

        An amateur researcher, but I guess that still counts :p

        Yes, the illegal wildlife trade is a big problem in many countries. Based on what I’ve heard (which is admittedly not much) the per trade is quite prevalent in the US.

      • January 17, 2016 at 22:39

        Edit to my previous comment: I meant to say “pet” trade, not “per” trade.

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