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Small-clawed Otters Aonyx cinereus

Otter Alert illegal trade and booming demand in Japan

Small-clawed Otters Aonyx cinereus

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Published 19th October 2018

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Asian otters at risk from illegal trade to meet booming demand in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, 19th October 2018—a boom in demand for otters as pets in Japan, particularly the Small-clawed Otter, has been linked to rising numbers of “otter cafés”, high-profile television programmes featuring otters and celebrities, and the popularity of otter pet “superstars” on social media platforms.

Otter Alert: A rapid assessment of illegal trade and booming demand in Japan

Report author(s):
Tomomi Kitade, Yui Naruse

Publication date:
October 2018

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