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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.

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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

14th of January 2016:

It has just recently started get known the positive effects of the presence of large predators. Since long humans have been in war with predators such as lions, leopards and wolves, all over the world. But it is now, when we finally has started to gather hard facts, and understand what positive exchange humans get from predators, that their populations start crashing.

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“A plea to restore populations of some of the world’s most dangerous animals has been made by scientists who claim the loss of large carnivores is damaging ecosystems.

More than three-quarters of the 31 species of large land predators, such as lions and wolves, are in decline, according to a new study. Of these, 17 species are now restricted to less than half the territory they once occupied.”

Read full article here in the guardian

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