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An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife
trafficking--the poachers, the traders, and the customers--and of
those fighting against it Journalist Rachel Nuwer plunges the
reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic
she has been investigating for nearly a decade. Our insatiable
demand for animals--for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies,
and fur--is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the
continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade
now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet
compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis
has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to
passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that
elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future
generations. As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug
market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The
Orchid Thief, Nuwer--an award-winning science journalist with a
background in ecology--takes readers on a narrative journey to the
front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional
medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in
Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to
ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand
for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on
species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and
activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending
extinctions. More than a depressing list of statistics, Poached is
the story of the people who believe this is a battle that can be
won, that our animals are not beyond salvation.
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