(c) Patrick Brown

The new book Trading to Extinction by photographer Patrick Brown has been receiving some outstanding reviews. The project has been a long term (at least a decade) commitment and to see it realised in print must be satisfying… and the broad reaction must be a real boost given the work’s focus on such a frightening industry.

The old animal bits for high $ is carefully examined in a devastating manner… the idle sellers and the tormented animals… the suggestion of the excited global marketplace for such items (an understatement to be sure)…

“A poacher who kills a rhino and removes its horn in India gets $350. That same horn sells for $1,000 in a nearby market town. By the time it reaches Hong Kong, Beijing or the Middle East, the horn is worth $60,000 per kilogram, rivalling the street value of cocaine, and even the price of gold. Tiger bones are worth up to $700 per kilo. Meanwhile the price of ivory is increasing so rapidly that some people are buying it as an investment commodity. The numbers are truly staggering.”

See some of the work here on Patrick’s website.

Find the book here at DewiLewis.

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