Author: DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu
Two raptors and a water bird were rescued in January this year by wildlife enforcers in Baliwag, Bulacan from an alleged wildlife poacher. To the untrained eye, they are birds being kept and to be sold as regular pets. But the two crested serpent eagles and one white-breasted waterhen, possessed without a permit, are part of an illegal and growing market whose estimated value is P50 billion annually. This incident is just one of the numerous accounts of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) happening in the country.