Trash smugglers in Sydney, Australia illegal dump up to 500,000 tons of trash across the state each year, waste management operators estimate. By illegally dumping waste, smugglers are able to avoid up to $4,222 (3,840 Australian Dollars) in fees.
The Environmental Investigation Agency reported that up to 500,000 cubic meters of timber is illegally logged and smuggled into Vietnam from Laos every year. The timber is valued at $150 Million.
The Government of Peru allows 7 different species of parrots to be sold legally in wildlife markets within the country. In a 2008 study, the report found 34 species of parrots being sold in the markets of Peru. Of the 34 identified, one was endangered and two were vulnerable to endangered status.
Between 65,000 to 78,500 parrots were trafficked internally in Mexico in 2007, according to a report. 75 percent of the parrots traded, or between 50,000 to 60,000, died before reaching its destination. Of the 22 identified parrots that were being illegally traded on the black market, 6 were endangered and 10 were considered threatened.
An African parrot from Uganda and sold on the black markets of Europe, the United States or Asia sells for $2,000.
The bile is usually extracted twice a day from bears that are locked up in “crush” cages that are designed to be extremely small so that the bear is unable to stand or move. The bile is collected using a free-flowing drip method into a tube that is attached to the bear’s gall bladder. In order to slowly extract the bear bile, a opening in the bear’s stomach area must be kept open.
A report by Oceana estimates that 4,874 loggerhead sea turtles and 108 leatherback sea turtles were killed in the Gulf of Mexico by boats fishing without turtle-excluder devices in their nets. Shrimp fishing boats are required by federal law to have the devices installed in their nets when trawling on the sea floor.
The buying and selling of dogs for domestic pets is illegal in Iran. With the rise of Western television programing, more and more Iranians are purchasing dogs as pets. The demand has created a black market, with the price of a puppies selling between $500 to $10,000.
A golden coin turtle is sold on the black markets in China for prices as high as $20,000.
Malaysia’s economy losses $334 Million (1 Billion Malaysian ringgit) a year to illegal fishing activities by foreign fisherman within its territorial waters.