Threatened Species and Poaching

Poaching is a problem throughout the world. Many countries may have tough laws against poaching and yet lax enforcement. Many of these countries are far far away. <a href=";entry_id=1711" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Others, not so far</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Cactus poaching is booming in Mexico, helping to make wildlife species trafficking the third-largest smuggling industry in Mexico behind drugs and guns.<br />
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The trade is fueled by private collectors and the burgeoning xeriscape movement in the U.S. South and Southwest.<br />
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Rare cacti species can fetch hundreds of dollars on black markets from the United States to Japan.<br />
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Mexico’s deserts are so ravaged by cactus poachers that researchers no longer publish the location of new species they find, lest eager collectors plunder the newfound cacti….</span><br /></div><br />more after the break…. <br /><br />
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