De­sire for stuffed and live an­i­mals ‘killing species’

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By Shoshana Ke­dem they are used for spu­ri­ous medicines with no proven ben­e­fits.

The trade is es­ti­mated to be re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of about 30,000 ele­phants per year.

Hessa Al Qah­tani, the head of Al Ain Zoo’s con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme, told 7DAYS the pub­lic needs to un­der­stand that buy­ing il­le­gal an­i­mal goods are fu­elling the in­dus­try.

She said: “It’s a tragedy, it’s wrong. In the UAE the lack of aware­ness of these is­sues is the main cause for such be­hav­iour.

“Smug­gling an­i­mals is one of the ma­jor threats fac­ing wildlife. We know that wildlife pop­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially en­dan­gered species, are de­clin­ing due to cli­mate change, habi­tat de­struc­tion and smug­gling.”

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