On 25 February, an article from National Geographic says that Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach into wildlife crime. They are strengthening their hold on the country’s legal fisheries and using them to launder illegally caught marine animals. The cartels previously had been linked to trafficking of marine species such as totoaba, as well as rosewood, a timber that is coveted for high-end furniture and musical instruments. Much wildlife poaching in Mexico — often for the bird and reptile pet trade or for feathers — is driven by demand locally as well as in the US and elsewhere in Central America, but the China connection is growing.
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