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  1. Wildlife trafficking is a highly organised and lucrative business. It’s so widespread that it’s almost impossible to detect every incident at border control. Corruption in some countries makes it easy to pay officials to turn a blind-eye.

    The comment from Will Travers about poachers now having easier access to remote areas, due to road building schemes financed by foreign aid was very interesting. That’s a scenario I’d never even thought about.

    Governments around the world must do more to protect wildlife, but too many countries lack the resources or will to do so. What they could all implement are universal standards of punishment for anyone convicted of being involved with poaching or trafficking of wildlife. A minimum 15 year prison sentence, plus fine equivalent to the blackmarket value of the animal in question would be a start. (Those who can’t pay the fine can have their prison sentence extended to life without parole.)

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