With the help of her thought-provoking series on illegal wildlife trade, Asmita Parelkar confronts you with the brutality that goes behind the trading of endangered and exotic animals.
This article was originally published in November 2014.
The shocking discovery of the huge billion dollar illegal wildlife trade industry prompted me to explore the issue. When I contacted the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, they granted me permission to photograph their confiscated specimens. However, no amount of research could prepare me for what I was going to see.
After talking to the officers, I realised the extent of the brutality. It took me a while to digest the reality that behind every lifeless skin or artefact made using ivory or rhino horns, was an animal that was once alive. My aim was to spread awareness about this heinous practice, which I chose to do with the help of the provocative remains of these beautiful creatures.
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