OPS supports WildAid’s outreach campaigns targeting consumer demand in Asian markets where trade is centralized. Once poachers and smugglers and their precious contraband have crossed national borders, wildlife agents and park rangers are often helpless. Law enforcement networks are often underfunded and understaffed, unable to investigate and monitor vast areas or remote markets.
The illegal trade in wildlife should be defined as organized crime, and the traders dealt with as criminals. Endangered species are being poached and smuggled on an unprecedented scale to meet consumer demand primarily for meat, health and wellness products, and novelty items. Much of this market is centralized in Asia, but consumer demand worldwide fuels the trade.
OPS’ role is to catalyze, inspire and equip local and international agents, stewards and caretakers committed to protecting the world’s wildlife. Through its partners and films, OPS is working to expose and highlight the illegal wildlife trade. Help us protect endangered species.