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This article is written by Soraya Kishtwari and was originally published on China Dialogue under a Creative Commons licence. Tourist guides and information centres in Southeast Asia have been fuelling the illegal wildlife trade by facilitating consumption by tourists, several investigations show. Prior to Covid-19, shops trading wildlife items, from ivory bangles to tortoise shells, relied heavily on tourists, forming partnerships with travel agents and tour guides. Since the pandemic, and in many cases before it, traders have been moving their operations online, with more sellers springing up than being shut down. Without a significant increase in effort from law enforcement agencies and […]

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