The wildlife snaring crisis: an insidious and pervasive threat to biodiversity in Southeast Asia

Illegal hunting for commercial purposes represents the greatest threat to the conservation of many of the iconic species which are the focus of global conservation efforts (Ripple et al. 2014, 2015). Hunting pressure is particularly severe in Southeast Asia where it
represents a significant, and often underappreciated, conservation challenge (Corlett 2007; Harrison et al. 2016; Ripple et al. 2016). In the majority of global conservation meta analysis conducted, Southeast Asia is identified as a region in crisis: supporting more threatened species, and experiencing higher rates of forest loss, than any comparable continental area (Schipper et al. 2008; Hughes 2017a). Hunting, largely to supply ever expanding local, regional and global markets, constitutes the greatest current threat to wild
vertebrates in the region. Hunting is so pervasive and intense throughout Mainland Southeast Asia that even where areas of good quality forest remain intact, they retain only a small proportion of their former vertebrate diversity and abundance (Harrison et al.
2016).

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Asian snaring crisis and the need for legislative reform and stronger enforcement across many South East Asian countries.

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