Pet trade is one of the main drivers of illicit trafficking of wildlife in Asia. Markets located in Bangkok and Jakarta attracts smugglers across the globe to trade in exotic pets. Over the last couple of years, attempts to smuggle birds, spiders, lizards, snakes among other species have seen a sharp rise.
Experts underline the urgent need to keep such species under the wildlife act. India is being seen as a source country from where wildlife is smuggled out to China and other rich countries. The markets across the globe attract the smugglers as there is a huge demand for pets among the civil societies owing to many traditional and blind beliefs.