Illegal Wildlife Trade: 11 Of The Dumbest Animal Smugglers (PHOTOS)
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Trafficking of illegal wildlife is often said to be the most profitable trade in illegal products, behind drugs and weapons. While those numbers are difficult to track and some criticize the estimates as unreliable, the fact still remains: Illicit animal smuggling is a cruel and careless practice that destroys the environment, threatens species already critically endangered and lucratively bankrolls criminals.
According to Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, smuggled animals are often transported in horrendous conditions, and captors utilize harmful techniques to catch their prey -- like illegal logging and cyanide fishing -- that devastate the native regions' natural resources and cripples efforts to preserve biodiversity.
Let's be honest -- we don't think anyone trying to illegally trade in protected animals is smart, but from stuffing lizards in underwear to selling endangered species over eBay, these people certainly take the cake!