Google and eBay join forces to launch major crackdown on wildlife traffickers

Leading websites Google and eBay will tell delegates at the International Wildlife Trade Conference in London how they are fighting the sale of rare creatures and their body parts over the internet in an illicit market worth millions of pounds.

A recent investigation by the International Fund for Animal Welfare discovered online advertisements for ivory, rhino horn, live big cats, orangutans and gorillas as well as the skins from tigers, lions, cheetahs and leopards. Parrots, owls and birds of prey are also being sold in high numbers along with turtles and tortoises.

The fight against cyber extinctions is bringing together government bodies, conservation campaigning organisations and the major internet names in increased efforts to stop the catastrophic illegal trade.

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