In an excerpt from a recent article, she writes:
”Nearly 1.5 million animals were imported live to the U.S. between 2000 and 2006 for the pet trade. Global biodiversity loss doesn’t just result from the destruction of habitats, or hunting species for meat. A huge number of species are threatened by trade – as pets or exhibits, or dead for use in medicines.
Though people have become increasingly aware of the threat posed by the trade of high-value species, such as the elephant for ivory, and various animals such as tigers, rhinos and the pangolin for medicine, few realize the risk that the pet trade poses to the future survival of less well-known species.”