Alejandro Olivares

Photographer
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Location: Georgia
Nationality: chile
Biography: *From 2006 to 2018 he has been a photo editor for The Clinic magazine in Chile, and since 2012 Co-founder of Buen Lugar Ediciones, www.buenlugar.com. He is currently travelling and photographing stories among Latinoamerica, Africa and Asia. He has... read on
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Copyright Alejandro Olivares 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Mercado Animal

 (english below)
Todos los años, millones de animales salvajes son apresados en la selva amazónica. Caimanes, serpientes, tortugas, peces, pájaros, monos y grandes felinos se comercializan día a día en las pequeñas ferias y en los grandes mercados, como mascotas, comida exótica, souvenirs para turistas o supuestos remedios naturales de dudosas propiedades curativas. Su venta engrosa los bolsillos de traficantes de especies, una actividad ilegal que, según el Programa para el Medio Ambiente de Naciones Unidas, genera hasta 23.000 millones de dólares al año, convirtiéndose en el tercer negocio delictivo más rentable del mundo. Pese al covid-19, que ha dejado al descubierto los peligros de la zoonosis*, durante la pandemia esta actividad no ha cesado y su control sigue siendo un desafío para las autoridades de los países latinoamericanos que componen la selva amazónica.

*zoonosis es cualquier enfermedad infecciosa que se transmite de forma natural de los animales al ser humano y viceversa.

Perú, Colombia, Brasil.





Animal Market


Every year, millions of wild animals are captured in the Amazon rainforest. Caimans, snakes, turtles, fish, birds, monkeys and big cats are traded every day in small fairs and large markets, as pets, exotic food, souvenirs for tourists or supposed natural remedies with dubious curative properties. Their sale swells the pockets of species traffickers, an illegal activity that, according to the United Nations Environment Program, generates up to 23 billion dollars a year, making it the third most profitable criminal business in the world. Despite covid-19, which has exposed the dangers of zoonosis*, during the pandemic this activity has not ceased and its control continues to be a challenge for the authorities of the Latin American countries that make up the Amazon rainforest.

*Zoonosis: any infectious disease that is naturally transmitted from animals to humans and from humans to animals.

Perú, Colombia, Brasil.
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