It’s bigger than arms and second only to dealing in drugs; it’s the world-wide trade in endangered wildlife. Taking the biggest slice of the cake, traffickers in Brazil shift an estimated 38 million wild animals every year netting an annual income of up to US$1 billion from sales to mostly foreign collectors, including from the USA and UK. Rich Pickings joins the hunters on the frontline (including indigenous tribespeople), in pursuit of their quarry, the dealers operating in the two biggest markets in Brazil, the environmental police and campaigners attempting to clamp down on this illegal trade – and the end users whose thirst to possess a rare breed is driving these animals to the point of extinction. Finally we speak to the Government, on the challenge facing the Brazilian authorities and the role of the international community in bringing this trade to a close.
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