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Over 5,500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are involved in animal trade, according to a new study. There are currently a total of 31,500 such species known, meaning that around 18% of all animals on earth are involved in trade. Image via Pixabay. That number is roughly 50% higher than previous estimates, the team explains. Legal and illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar industry and recognized as one of the most severe threats to biodiversity , they add. LIVELY MARKET. We don’t yet have access to a reliable measurement of the worldwide trade in animals, which is what the team set out to achieve in this present study. All in all, the team from the University o... Full story

10 October