There has recently been a surge in the international and domestic trade of short clawed otters, threatening conservation activities, whole eco-systems and animal welfare.
Demand for otters is on the rise, and for a number of reasons!
Demand for otters, especially in places such as Japan is sky rocketing!
Although short clawed otters are the smallest species of otter and their skins are small - they are very durable and animals are frequently hunted and trapped, especially for making footwear.
Otters are directly persecuted by the prawn and crab farming industry, and many drown in fish traps.