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by March 9, 2012
Every year, millions of tourists unwittingly support the illegal wildlife trade as they buy endangered species as souvenirs. The impact of buying illegal animal products is also felt by ecosystems and indigenous communities, and something must be done.
Have you ever thought about what you -- and the millions of other tourists who travel abroad every year -- are really bringing back with you from your holiday?
Each year, customs officers seize thousands of wildlife items from travelers, many of them tourist souvenirs made from endangered or threatened species. Examples include elephant ivory carvings and jewelry, tortoise and turtle shell accessories, big cat skins, reptile skin handbags, belts and shoes, coasters and lampshades, coral and shells, and many more.
Sadly, many tourists buying souvenirs made from wildlife have no idea that they have done anything wrong, often because these items are sold openly in resorts, airports, shops and markets -- masking the bloody truth behind the wildlife trinkets being sold.
Pledge to do your part in eradicating illegal wildlife trade by not purchasing any products made from wild animals!
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