The Butterfly Sting

Welch, Craig
April 2010
High Country News;4/12/2010, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p14
The article features stories of how wildlife federal agents catch wildlife smugglers. It reports on the story of how U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ed Newcomer track the most notorious butterfly smuggler Yoshi Kojima. It also reports that illegal trade of plants and animals increased and the new technology has contributed to the easy buying and selling. It presents the scope of wildlife trafficking which includes the selling of cycads, used as decorative seed plants, the world's largest burrowing clam, the geoduck of Puget Sound and the colorful mollusk, abalone, in the black market. It also states that according to the research team of the U.S. congress, global illegal trade of plants and animals brings about 5 to 20 billion dollars each year.


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