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Best of 2015: 5 things you didn’t know about wildlife trafficking

© Peter Yuen/Animals in Photos

Editor’s Note: As 2015 comes to a close, we’re recapping some of Human Nature’s top stories of the year. See all of them here.

In early November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to combat wildlife trafficking one crucial step toward curbing the destructive practice that ruins lives and threatens security and economies around the world.

Conservation International (CI) supported passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act — and empowered Human Nature readers to also take action.

After highlighting several surprising facts about the illegal wildlife trade, CI Editorial Director Bruno Vander Velde encouraged American readers to act: “The U.S. is actually poised to do something about this — and you can help.” With the opportunity to find their representative by address, readers were urged to make phone calls and send emails on behalf of the world’s wildlife — and people affected by the illegal trade.

All voices were heard: The Global Anti-Poaching Act now awaits review in the Senate.

Whether you spoke up or not, there are probably still a few things you don’t know about wildlife trafficking. Click here to read more.

Cassandra Kane is a staff writer for CI. 

Cover image: Pangolin in Cambodia. Although large iconic species like elephants and rhinos get much of the attention focused on the illegal wildlife trade, pangolins are the most trafficked type of animal; their scales are thought to have medicinal properties. (© Peter Yuen/Animals in Photos)