Illegal Wildlife Trade Flourishing in Asian & African Nations: WWF Report

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A new assessment of how 23 Asian and African nations are working to stop the illegal trade in tiger parts, rhino horn, and elephant ivory, from WWF, lays out how much work to be done. All of them have illegal trade occurring, but how they are handling it varies widely.

Topping the list of nations now working to combat illegal trade in rhinos, tigers, and elephants are Indian and Nepal, each receiving the highest score for making progress on compliance with and enforcement of laws. In fact, in 2011 there wasn't a single incidence of rhino poaching in Nepal.

That's pretty much the only bright spot however.

WWF highlights an interesting connection between Vietnam and South Africa, and the trade in rhino horn: One of the top destination countries for rhino horn, Vietnam is helping perpetuate the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, where 448 rhinos were killed last year.

For elephants, China and Thailand are both top end destinations, with Thailand receiving a low score here for failing to eliminate loopholes that allow open retail sale of ivory from poached African elephants.

Check out the infographic below for how other nations fair:

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And read the original report: Wildlife Crime Scorecard

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