10 Facts on IWT

10 Facts on IWT

 Drivers of illegal wildlife trade

The problem of illegal wildlife trade is one of wealth, not poverty. Poor people do not buy wildlife, rich people do. As can be seen from the table below, only rich people can afford to pay such high prices for illegal wildlife products.

There are several main drivers of illegal wildlife trade in Laos. These include: medicinal, ornamental, spiritual, food and status.”

Trading in extinction