The giant of e-commerce, E-bay, along side with other giants of the internet – Gumtree, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tencent and Yahoo – decided to put an end to the illegal wildlife trading happening on their services.

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Tech companies decided to collaborate with the World Wildlife Fund, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the TRAFFIC. They are trying to prohibit the sale of animals parts and wild live animals that are sourced illegally or that they are, or came, from species that are threatened by extinction and other protected animals.

Peter LaFontaine, the campaigns manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said:

“It is tremendously encouraging to see that leading online marketplaces and social media platforms are fighting back against wildlife cybercriminals to stamp out the illegal sale of endangered wildlife from their sites.”

But not every e-commerce company is a part of this, some notable absences are Amazon and Facebook.

Even though Facebook isn't taking part in this specific movement it does take its own small steps to eliminate the illegal trading on its network, after all we've seen some Facebook groups serving as a marketplace for selling protected animals and guns.

Crawford Allan, senior director of TRAFFIC, said:

"We are in dialogues with other companies too and some may be adopting the policy in future. We encourage companies to do so and are ready to support them."


Petros Stathis