Report Documents Widespread Wildlife Trade and Trafficking in Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) released a report on the widespread trafficking of imperiled wild animals, including jaguars, sloths, howler monkeys, crocodiles, sea cucumbers, and parrots, across Mexico. The report follows a four-month undercover investigation carried out by CBD in 2022, revealing that lax government enforcement, a lack of political will to address the problem, and weak social media oversight all contribute to the illegal wildlife market. Sales occur both online, on digital marketplaces like Facebook, and in traditional mercados in Mexico City.