Clouded Leopard for Sale

Wildlife traffickers can illegally sell a clouded leopard in Vietnam for $5,700. The leopard is trafficked to China for its meat and its bones to be used to medicine.

An estimated 3,000 tones of wildlife and wildlife products are smuggled out of Vietnam each year on its way to the illegal wildlife trade. Environmental authorities are able to seize 3 percent of the items being smuggled out of the country.

(Price of exotic animals sold on the black market.)

Source:  Frank Zeller, “Illegal wildlife trade takes heavy toll in Vietnam,” Cosmos, August 16, 2006.