Online Advertisements for Wildlife in China

in Environmental Threats

In April 2012, international wildlife monitoring group TRAFFIC found 3,389 online advertisements for wildlife products such as tiger bone, elephant ivory, rhino horns and hawksbill turtle products. The various wildlife products were being offered through 15 different e-commerce sites and auction websites written in Chinese.

In the same month, authorities in China responsible for stopping the illegal wildlife trade investigated 700 cases, closed 628 online shops selling wildlife products, and deleted 1,607 pieces of information regarding the black market trade of animals from the Internet.

The illegal trafficking of wildlife in China is estimated to be worth $10 Billion.

Source:  “Chinese e-commerce companies crack down on illegal wildlife trade,” WWF, June 8, 2012.

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