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Whole leopard skins stacked up on sale in a shop in Linxia, Gansu Province, China, August 2005.

All Asian big cats are threatened by illegal trade and demand for their skin, bones and other body parts. Wildlife crime is a form of serious, transnational organised crime, requiring an organised and targeted response. EIA investigators have documented repeat offenders apparently operating without fear of the law, like the traders selling these leopard skins in Linxia, Gansu Province, China

Credit Belinda Wright/WSPI/EIA

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Taken on August 19, 2005