Long ago acceptable, now illegal: Travel & Tourism on the front line of illegal wildlife trade

Long ago acceptable, now illegal: Travel & Tourism on the front line of illegal wildlife trade

So often it happens completely innocently, unknowingly, unintentionally.

An item catches your eye – a unique memento of a place visited, the perfect keepsake to take home as an enduring reminder of a magical time of travel. The purpose of travel might have been a holiday marking a milestone, an adventure dreamt of half-way across the world, or perhaps simply some needed quiet time somewhere close-by with one loved. It may be a reminder of a business trip that finally brought to life an opportunity held in mind and heart since an idea’s first spark. Or it may be a quick find during a stop-over en route to someplace else. Whatever the reason for travel, the beautifully carved ivory ornament is a perfect reminder! And it will sit perfectly alongside the precious ivory keepsake purchased years ago on a childhood family holiday. Perfect! Or is it?

Slowly, unexpectedly, you feel another tourist, a stranger, approach you on the left. It’s a local night market, a well-known market, so the closeness of tourists lingering over tables of curious and crafts is not unusual. It creates a silent glue among the hundreds, thousands, of people hovering in this space – locals and travelers all mutedly buzzing about under simple night stall lighting, in the warm, thick evening air tinged with just a tiny bit of jasmine.

This is an excerpt from an article originally published by eTurbo News.


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