Animals Die in Tourism Trap

The Birmingham Post (England), July 10, 2003 | Go to article overview

Animals Die in Tourism Trap


Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter

Tourists are contributing to the biggest wave of mass animal extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs by continuing to buy illegal holiday souvenirs, wildlife campaigners in Birmingham said yesterday.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare showed off an assortment of items seized by customs officers at Birmingham International Airport at the launch of a new public awareness campaign.

The haul included stools made from elephants' feet, baby crocodile heads turned into ashtrays and banjos made out of tortoiseshell.

Jenny Hawley, IFAW wildlife trade campaigner, said: 'Unfortunately souvenirs made from endangered species are often very openly sold in foreign resorts and it can be hard for tourists to imagine they are doing any harm.

'We are living in the middle of the biggest mass extinction wave since the disappearance of the dinosaurs, and part of the reason for the decline in some species is the massive poaching that goes on to provide the raw materials for tourist trinkets.'

Jeremy Spake, who appeared in the TV series Airport, BBC Holiday presenter Rowland Rivron and model Lisa Barbuscia attended the launch of Think Twice, which is aimed at protecting endangered species from the tourist trade.

Customs officials seized 3,000 live animals at UK airports last year, including rare breeds like the Mexican red-kneed tarantula and marine turtles carried back from the Caribbean in film canisters.

Items commonly on sale include ornaments made from ivory, tortoiseshell products, shoes, bags or jackets made from reptile skins or furs and some corals and seashells.

Ms Hawley added: 'Many people think criminal gangs are the ones behind the trade in such products but in fact more than half of the several thousand seizures made by Customs each year come from unwitting tourists. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Animals Die in Tourism Trap
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.