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.


OfferUp joins the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online

The internet is full of positive benefits, connecting us to like-minded individuals who share our interests and giving us instant access to the global community. It’s the strongest economic innovation in history, but unfortunately, it also provides a largely unregulated marketplace for buyers and sellers of illicit goods.

Conserving Elephants on World Elephant Day and Every Day (Etsy)

Today’s the 7th World Elephant Day, an annual event dedicated to the conservation of elephants worldwide. Still, there is a global appetite for elephant products. According to World Wildlife Fund, poachers kill 20,000 elephants on average every year for their ivory tusks, but we believe that eliminating the market for elephant products can help protect these magnificent species from going extinct.

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