Illegal Wildlife Trade, Ecuador
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This slide show contains images of dead animal hides being illegally sold around the country of Ecuador that I have just happened to come across in my travels. I was not even looking for evidence of illegal wildlife items for sale! All of these skins in this slide show are from endangered wild feline species, such as ocelot and margays. It is against Ecuador and International laws to kill endangered species, sell live endangered species, or sell the dead body parts of any endangered species.

Despite these laws to protect wildlife, I continually run across these cat skins for sale all over the country of Ecuador because the government simply does not have the resources to actively enforce their national or international laws regarding the wildlife trade. I have found skins for sale openly in many different types of venues: booths in outdoor craft markets, gas stations, mini-marts, on the road side, and even in upscale shops in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

Something must be done to put a stop to this senseless killing of rare and beautiful wildlife before they are gone forever. Since the Ecuadorian government cannot enforce their laws to protect wildlife, we wish to expose this travesty to the rest of the world. People must speak up for the animals who cannot speak for themselves. Through the Touch The Jungle Wildlife Rescue Center we rescue injured or orphaned animals to rehabilitate them so that they can be returned to the wild and continue to contribute to their species survival. Touch The Jungle conducts conservation education programs about wildlife and habitats to teach the local people to preserve their wildlife instead of killing it to make a knife handle or fancy chair seat cover.

Tracy Wilson,
TTJ Project Director

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