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Huffington Post: Wildlife Smuggling by Bryan Christy

Monday, January 4th, 2010

For most crimes, journalists are part of an eco-system involving the public, law enforcement, and the courts.  That system isn’t functioning well when it comes to wildlife crimes.  Journalists have a great opportunity to help bring the eco-system back to health, but first they have to adjust their focus.  To explain what I mean, I wrote this essay for the Huffington Post…


Wildlife Smuggling:  Why Does Wildlife Crime Reporting Suck? by Bryan Christy

Did you read the story about the illegal trade in gorilla testicles? Have you seen the one about parrots poached in Brazil using glue? How about the news bulletin last week about the guy at LAX with Australian lizards strapped to his chest?

Generally there are two kinds of wildlife crime stories in the media: the weird news item showing a smuggler in flagrante (a stunned German tourist with a marmoset hidden in his beard) and the “in-depth” overseas report. I want to focus on the latter because too often these overseas reports kill endangered species.   Continue…