Oxford University research reveals illegal trade of reptiles on Moroccan souks
The University of Oxford recently did a research through the large-scale illegal trade of reptiles in Morocco. The researchers from the University visited between 2013 and 2014 14 Moroccan markets and could so see that the trade in the animals, both living as sold in processed form, is booming in the North African country. The value of the examined merchandise alone would be around $100,000. The markets where frequent trade in the animals sit in successively Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes and Meknes.
One of the researchers at the University, Professor Vincent Nijman, told the following opposite the medium Mongabay: ' We have already visited other countries the US is only now noticed that the trade in Morocco open and exposed. Also on crowded places and markets you can find reptiles, something we didn't expect total of a country what so close to Europe. '
Although keeping and selling of such animals is banned in Morocco, it is still difficult for the Moroccan authorities. Daniel Bergin, researcher, also endorses this: ' those responsible who we've talked, have convinced us of this development. However, it is clear that the lack of the right resources to that fight them. We hope that we can help them with our findings somewhat further. '
It is obvious today that there hardly are any transit to Europe, a positive point according to the research group.