Five myths about illegal wildlife trafficking (The Washington Post 2015-04-17)

Johan Bergenäs (Expert and Strategic Advisor for Security Link, and Deputy Director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center) and Monica Medina (Senior Director for international ocean policy at the National Geographic Society) discuss environmental crime in the Washington Post.

Poaching has a long history in the United States and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the Oyster Wars of the 1800s. But the illegal wildlife trade has skyrocketed in recent years, and the threat of species loss looms large. The trade has changed as it’s grown, and misconceptions about who is perpetuating it and why abound. As Earth Day approaches, let’s dispel some myths about wildlife trafficking.

Read the full lenght opinion piece in the Washington Post here: “Five myths about illegal wildlife trafficking“.