Animal trafficking is a business that has been growing in recent years and the authorities have not taken the necessary steps to prevent or at least reduce it . In Latin America, animal trafficking is very large , and one of the countries most affected is Costa Rica for its exotic species. Rescue Wildlife , it is one of the organizations nonprofit in charge of receiving confiscated animals by the government in the United States, and this time they visit a little bird that is part of the 10 unique species of Costa Rica.
The particular race of this bird can be sold for up to $ 300 on the black market for being considered “exotic” and this is the reason why persecute traffickers.
The problem is that most of these birds are stolen from their nests when they learn to not fly and are kept in cages, so they do not learn to use their wings . John Merrit, one of the assistants Rescue Wildlife, explains that hard time fly when they are released.
Merrit, that people do whatever just to earn some money by selling animals, and often hide the birds in the pockets of the pants, between clothing or shoes to avoid detection by lightning x at the airport.