By Rachel Chase
Peru is one of the world’s biodiversity stars. With a variety of climates, geographical regions, and landscapes, a stunning array of animals can be found within Peru’s borders. However, 400 species native to Peru are currently in danger of becoming extinct, due in part to poaching and illegal animal trafficking.
According to El Comercio, the Wild Flora & Fauna arm of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation is launching a new campaign in order to fight illegal animal trafficking. The campaign, called “Your house is not my home,” is meant to raise awareness about the issue.
Fabiola Muñoz of the Ministry of Agriculture told press that illegal animal trafficking is deeply harmful on multiple levels. “Wildlife plays an important role in protecting the ecosystem, for example, [animals help\ to spread seeds,” said Muñoz. She added that “trapp[ing\ an animal in a house negatively impacts families and society, as they can produce diseases, affect tourism, and strengthen an international illegal trafficking network.”
El Comercio reports that illegal animal trafficking generates somewhere between 6 and 10 billion dollars every year.
Some of Peru’s endangered species include such iconic animals as the cock of the rock, the vicuña, the spectacled bear.