Every year millions of plants and animals are sold and traded illegally around the globe. TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring group, estimates this industry runs much like a drug network profits billions of dollars every year.
The World Wide Fund Nature (WWF) places this inhumane practice as the second-biggest direct threat to species after habitat destruction. The rarer the species the higher the demand, therefore, clients willing to pay a lot of money for the desired animal. Due to the nature of smuggling creatures from one country to another, the animals are often placed in dangerous conditions, with many dying in transit.