Wildlife trade research in The Guardian

Grantham Scholar Oscar Morton‘s analysis of wildlife trade featured in The Guardian. Oscar’s work is important because it’s the first analysis to quantify the impact of the legal and illegal wildlife trade.

Wildlife trafficking driving ‘severe declines’ in traded species, finds study

Summarising the findings, the Guardian reported that wildlife populations decline by an average of 62% in areas where species are traded. Unfortunately, this pushes some closer to extinction.

Oscar, who was lead researcher, worked with an international group of researchers, including his supervisor David Edwards. The Guardian quoted Oscar as saying: ‘Our paper shows wildlife trade causes species to decline, which is a massive concern, because where species decline there is always a risk they could go extinct.’

Find out more on Twitter

On Twitter, Oscar explained his results. However, he cautioned that more work was needed on the impacts of trade. If you want to find out more, then follow this thread on Twitter  ↓

More information

If you want to read the full Guardian article, then look here.

The University of Sheffield also featured this story.

And you can read the paper itself in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Read: Impacts of wildlife trade on terrestrial biodiversity  (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01399-y).

Additionally, Science online covered this work: Wildlife trade imperils species, even in protected areas.

This research was also reported in The Hindu.

And the Daily Mail picked up the research too.