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Snow leopards among the new ‘blood diamonds’

The Bronx Zoo based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) did a study during a few years ago that found military personnel in Afghanistan were supporting the illegal wildlife trade by buying furs coats and animal products including snow leopard pelts. Most buyers did so because they were not aware that it was illegal and that the wildlife was endangered. Consequently WCS worked with the Department of Defense to educate them and explain threats posed by the illegal wildlife trade to combat missions. This video, narrated by acclaimed actor/director and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, Edward Norton, informs U.S. military personnel about the consequences of buying illegal wildlife products when stationed overseas

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