22 Aug 2018

Thousands of protected species seized at NZ border

From Morning Report, 8:35 am on 22 August 2018

From shells and corals to elephant feet, primate skulls and chopped up seahorses, more than 9000 protected species were seized at the New Zealand border in 2017 - a 300 percent increase since 2011. According to the United Nations profit made from the global illegal wildlife trade rivals that of human trafficking, drugs and weapons at around $8-10 billion dollars a year. And New Zealand is being told it needs to do more to push back against the business. Emma Hatton reports.