April 30, 2015 | Washington Post
Poaching has a long history in the United States and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the Oyster Wars of the 1800s. But the illegal wildlife trade has skyrocketed in recent years, and the threat of species loss looms large. The trade has changed as it’s grown, and misconceptions about who is perpetuating it and why abound. As Earth Day approaches, let’s dispel some myths about wildlife trafficking.