Increased affluence in Asia spurs illegal animal trade

12/20/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Customs officials have confiscated growing numbers of illegally transported animals and animal parts in recent years, a reflection of rising demand among newly affluent Asians. Recent cases document by the monitoring network Traffic includes suitcases full of elephant ivory, more than 2,000 scaly anteaters confiscated from a Chinese fishing vessel and a live but sedated tiger cub in a suitcase.

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