Tech Giants Facebook, Google and Others Stand Together to Fight Wildlife Crimes

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A coalition launched by tech companies including Facebook and Google to reduce 80% illegal trading of animal products by 2022.

The sales of tiger and lion cubs and other wildlife and wildlife products, including ivory, pangolin scales, and red and pink corals, are increasingly occurring online, where anonymity facilitates the illegal trade.

The world have never been a safe place for survival. It takes lot of courage, have to hunt and even stand against anything that harm and comed in the way and divide the family.With the passage of time it hasn’t changed much, although the scope has widened and diversed.

In the recent times, the share of black market have been drastically hiked especially related to the sector of illegal trading of animal products online.

The part of internet we see today, know and familiar with is actually the only 10% of the total share of internet. The rest percentage lies with in the scope of Dark Web and Deep Web.

In many countries, accessing Deep Web is not illegal but accessing the Dark Web is illegal in mostly every country of the world. The Dark and Deep Web is that part of the Internet which is not listed and indexed on search engines like Google.

The content Deep Web holds is highly secured and secret websites and can only be accessed by TOR browser (The Onion Router) and when you have the link.

The Dark Web cover those areas that are even illegal to browse and access including the market hiring hitmans, supply of guns, human trafficking and even black market trading in illegal animal products.

A new international effort aims

to put a stop to this whack-a-mole effect. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare are launching the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, bringing together technology, e-commerce, and social media companies to work together to squeeze out wildlife traffickers. The coalition includes Google, eBay, Facebook, Instagram, and many others.

According to Crawford Allan, the senior director of wildlife crime at the World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring organization says that “Criminal groups and illegal traders are exploiting the technology to operate anonymously online with less chance of detection and to reach a wider market than ever before,”

The illegal wildlife trade is pushing many species toward extinction, facilitated by online transactions. Savanna elephant numbers plummeted 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 because of poaching for ivory, which is turned into statuettes, chopsticks, jewelry, and more.

The number of rhinos killed illegally for their horns in 2017—more than a thousand in South Africa alone—is a sharp increase from the 13 killed in 2007. Rhino horn is carved into libation bowls and trinkets and is used in traditional medicine.

Countless other animals and their parts are also bought and sold online illegally every day—everything from sea turtle shell hair combs to the skins of endangered animals to rare live reptiles and tiger cubs, according to National Geographic.

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