Wildlife
Poaching

Overview

Wildlife poaching on the Aegean Islands and in other areas of Greece is a very serious environmental crime which Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation wants to put an end to. Endangered animals such as chameleons and other reptiles, but also songbirds (goldfinches, blackcaps and siskins) often fall victims to poachers. The birds are often used for  entertainment or even for consumption.

The cruel practice of removing wild animals from their natural environment, containing them in tiny enclosures, selling them on the black market or keeping them for entertainment is an ongoing problem. However, local communities have begun to cooperate with Archipelagos to catch the perpetrators of these illegal activities.

Through the efforts of Archipelagos and with invaluable help from the local communities, we have been able to investigate incidents of wildlife poaching and cooperate with the local authorities in order to prosecute the perpetrators.

Through the efforts of Archipelagos and with invaluable help from the local communities, we have been able to investigate incidents of wildlife poaching and cooperate with the local authorities in order to prosecute the perpetrators. Archipelagos works hard to raise awareness and eliminate these cruel practices, which are often considered to be a tradition or habit among  the local communities. Our efforts are not futile and we need to send a clear message, saying that poaching is an illegal, unacceptable practice which will not be tolerated. Archipelagos assures complete confidentiality of any individuals who are able to help us in identifying and locating wildlife smugglers.

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