2005 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Patrick Brown

Panos Pictures / OnAsia Images

01 May, 2003

Asian wildlife is being plundered and trafficked on an unprecedented scale. It is estimated that wildlife traders export 25,000 to 30,000 primates every year, along with millions of birds, reptiles and tropical fish. The animals are kept as pets, and their body parts used for decoration, or for medicinal and magical purposes. Small-time local poachers are caught and jailed, but more powerful, organized traffickers often operate unhindered due to official corruption and inertia.

About the photographer

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown is a photojournalist who has devoted himself to documenting critical issues around the world often ignored by the mainstream media.  His project on the ille...

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