Stop wildlife trade
Wildlife trade must be controlled because it is one major cause
of the depletion and loss of our country's biodiversity. Adapt appropriate
techniques in organizing, information/education and networking in doing the
Weaken wildlife demand/markets.
· Investigate the
markets of live wildlife, materials and finished products from them. Possible
places to investigate:
- pet shops;
- animal collectors and
- restaurants and other food outlets;
-businesses involved in
fashion accessories, guitar-making; and,
- manufacturers of shoes, bags,
sources/souppliers of wildlife.
- Ingredients to exotic dishes, e.g.,
Neal Bird's Nest Soup is made from the nest of Swifts.
- Decorations on
guitars come from tortoise shell.
- Bags, shoes, belts may come from reptile
and snake skins, animal pelts.
- Fashion jewelry can come from corals, horns
and teeth of deers, crocodiles, etc.
- Tortoise shell is also made into
jewelry and combs.
- Some ingredients of cosmetics like perfume and lipsticks
come from whales, cruets, etc.
demand/markets can be further weakened by the following:
- Campaign against buying live animals
or materials made of animal horns, teeth, carapace and corals as gifts. Examples
are combs and jewelry from tortoise shells and earrings, pendants, necklaces,
brooches and hair clips made of corals, bird feathers, ivory, etc. Pillows may
also be stuffed with down.
- Boycott circuses and animal acts. Observe animals in their
- Never buy a caged bird and other wildlife peddled as pets.
- Campaign against/boycott restaurants serving exotic dishes
from wildlife as well as those exhibiting wildlife, like talking mynas as added
· Make your
opposition known. Write, visit, call, take advantage of suggestion boxes and
pre-printed consumer complaint cards. Always explain your suggestions and
Weaken wildlife demand
Stop trade at its source.
(For communities near resource)
· Identify species
being traded, their status (rare, endangered, threatened, endemic, migratory);
laws and ordinances protecting wildlife; community values which favor or deter
· Create an
environment hostile to wildlife collection, hunting, poaching, trapping, etc.
Some ways of doing this are:
- Deny hunters access to land to hunt on
(educate and organize private land owners).
- Make noise, dismantle traps,
alert forest guards (in public lands).
· Explore and
promote alternative livelihood -- conservation schemes for wildlife gatherers.
Example: beekeeping projects.
· Collaborate with
transport companies on the denial of carriage of wild animals.
· Collaborate with Philippine
Coast Guard assigned in your locality for the strict enforcement of laws
· Publicly commend support
extended to wildlife conservation. On the other hand, be cautious and sparing
with criticisms, except when there is no action after several appeals, petitions
· Report exportation and
importation of rare and endangered wildlife. The Philippines is a signatory to
the CITES Treaty.
List of agencies to contact for reporting wildlife trade:
· Protected Areas
and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB, DENR)
· Philippine Coast Guard
· Haribon Foundation
· Philippine Wetlands and
Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Inc.
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Ideas for Action:
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