This accounts for just 931 of the world’s estimated 8.7 million species and focuses on those threatened with extinction, for example, gorillas, sea turtles and giant pandas. 7 / 10. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. It is believed that these animals were destined for the exotic pet trade. This is a … One of the most popular is the liver of the monkfish, an exceedingly unattractive fish that is known in Japan for its delicious ankimo. Illegal Animal Trade and Japan. Even if it’s that fashionable pet stone decades ago, or a pet plant – still, that innate part being human – that ability and need to give some tender love and affection is both a stress relief as well as a source of joy and inspiration. There have been booms in demand for “iconic” species driven by the media and social media, researchers noted. 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People in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and elsewhere can pay thousands of dollars to … Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Learn about the best choices for children. These incidences happened in Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Venezuela and involved at least 500 non-CITES listed species, according to the report, such as Australian reptiles and South American beetles. There were four exceptionally high volume incidents involving freshwater turtles and Chinese crocodile lizards. Four were pet shop owners in Japan. In 2018, 60 Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtles from Japan were seized in Hong Kong. A university student, 22, was arrested in 2017 for attempting to smuggle otters from Thailand and a year later, a 27-year-old female was convicted for attempting to smuggle 19 Shingleback Skink lizards from Australia. “These animals are known to be potential reservoirs or intermediaries for viruses that can cause human disease outbreaks including Ebola Virus Disease (bats and primates) as well as SARS, MERS, and the most recent Covid-19 (probably bats),” the researchers noted. "Those smuggling wildlife are risking heavy fines or imprisonment while their actions directly threaten the species concerned and carry with them the very real risk of introducing zoonotic diseases, which as the world knows potentially has dire consequences," TRAFFIC’s Dr Richard Thomas told The Independent. “Historically, exotic pets have received relatively limited comprehensive global policy and law enforcement attention compared with their megafauna counterparts like elephants, rhinos and tiger,” said the researchers from TRAFFIC, an NGO specialising in monitoring the wildlife trade. I knew owls were trendy, but I didn’t realize just how far the craze has gone until I … Animals that can attack people such as monkeys of medium size, big birds (eagles and hawks), crocodiles and snakes, are classified as special animals. We also had an 18ft long python, a few different kinds of lizards, and a plethora of exotic insects; all of which we didn't need papers for. Mammals made up 19% and birds (6%). Although conviction rates were high, just three individuals were jailed. Powered by Movers Development, Precision Machinery and Equipment Transport, The Ultimate Japan Bucket List: Things to do in Japan, Handbook for Consumer Products Import Regulations 2010 (JETRO). Pets can easily cause trouble with neighbors on issues such as noise, smell and hair shedding. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Green & Black Poison Dart Frogs Dendrobates auratus Prices from £59.99. The Independent’s Stop The Wildlife Trade campaign was launched by its proprietor Evgeny Lebedev to call for an end to high-risk wildlife markets and for an international effort to regulate the illegal trade in wild animals to reduce our risk of future pandemics. Between 2014 and 2018, the total value of seized exotic species was between JPY54.1–125.6m ($492,000 -$1.1m). Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Japan is a country with a lot of different animals, from cats and dogs to more exotic ones, such as bears and salamanders. The researchers noted that their findings represent “only a fraction of actual smuggling into Japan’s domestic exotic pet market”. In Japan, it seems like you can get anything, no questions asked. Between 2007 and 2018, Japan Customs made 78 incoming seizures involving 1,161 animals of species listed in CITES. In 2015, some 391 native freshwater turtles were found in the luggage of two Chinese nationals leaving from Chubu International Airport, just outside of Nagoya. Visit an owl café. The report, published last week, is the first, detailed look at Japan’s exotic pet trade. It is usually forbidden to bring your pet with you to restaurants and public premises. The study was based on analysis of seizures by Japan Customs, media reports and conviction records, including cases resulting from police investigations after animals had passed through borders. Another four were found to be involved in separate wildlife crimes in Japan or other countries, suggesting “some level of criminal professionalization”. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Almost two-thirds of the animals were smuggled on passenger planes which landed at international airports in Tokyo and Osaka, and around one-quarter were sent by mail to those large urban areas. Media reports on smuggling seizures outside of Japan revealed 28 occasions, totalling 1,207 creatures, where Japanese nationals were involved. In Japanese law, there are only minimal regulations for nonnative species - those listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). There were no more than ten seizures each year over the past 12 years.