Trade in protected animals and plants is the third most profitable illegal business in the world, after drugs and arms sales. If this trade we add the money from the legal sale of animals, we face an economic activity that generates a significant volume of business. But what environmental and social consequences are involved in trafficking of exotic animals?
With this activity we wanted to answer this question through the experience of various entities working this problem on the ground and told us the whole journey passing alien species until they reach our homes.
The activity was presented and led by Luis Miguel Dominguez, environmental journalist, naturalist and director of documentaries and television programs. One of his documentaries, Invaders, was screened while attendees were accommodated to participate in the activity. In Luis Miguel we talked about his experience in the world of alien species and introduced us examples of cases of invasive species as near and far. One of the closest cases of what he spoke was the devastating impact it is having the apple snail in the Delta del Ebro. It also made us fix some of the invasive species travel with us and put the case of American cockroaches first they set foot time Madrid have done by putting (egg sacs) on the edge of trousers.
Then Federico Bogdanowicz, the IJG (Jane Goodall Institute Spain) drew her into participating in the trade and poaching of chimpanzees and other primates, explaining the serious consequences of this trade.
Neus Aragones ADDA (Defense Association Animal Rights) continued telling us about the impact that the trade in exotic animals have in the countries of origin, the conditions to which the animals are subjected and the mafias behind and money this trade moves. We also gave the example of hunting lions letter (canned hunting), an activity that from ADDA fought with actions and complaints.
Mireia Olivé de Depana (League for the Defence of Natural Heritage) put the emphasis on the consumption of exotic species, pinpoints the reasons and consequences and Andrea Torres and Julia Harbison of FAADA (Advice and Action in Defense of Animals) discussed how exotic animals have also entered the culture of disposability and therefore all the problems there associated with abandonment.
Finally, Albert Martinez-Silvestre of CRARC (Recovery Center Amphibians and Reptiles of Catalonia), focused on a particular case, the problem of invasive species of reptiles as Catalonia.