The Yucatan Times
When agents of Mexico’s Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) arrived at Sonora market in Mexico City, some merchants uttered death threats, others hid animals in the attics of their stores and those who tried to escape got trapped, because the market’s exits were blocked by authorities. In five minutes the agents rescued dozens of clandestine parrots, parakeets and reptiles.
Illegal wildlife trafficking in Mexico is a growing industry.
“Animal trafficking is not on the agenda. It is not a priority for the state. Ex-President Vicente Fox did not care about it, while Calderón liked the subject, but it was not his priority. And the current president Enrique Peña Nieto is not interested. The Environment Ministry does not have staff to help,” said Edgar, a fictitious name of a public servant who has participated in hundreds of operations.
Along with drug trafficking and arms sales, wildlife trafficking, including endangered species, is one of the world’s most lucrative crimes, according to the International Police (Interpol).