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Wildtrade online goes on under noses of Google and Ebay

August 8, 2013
A conservation agency alleges that Google Ads advertises ivory products such as these stamps in Japan. It raises questions about what other countries and languages are being used for advertising wildtrade products online. Wildtrade products such as rhino horn are constantly advertised on Vietnam's online classifieds or Mua Ban sites.

A conservation agency alleges that Google Ads advertises ivory products such as these stamps in Japan. It raises questions about what other countries and languages are being used for advertising wildtrade products online. Wildtrade products such as rhino horn (sung te giac) are constantly advertised on Vietnam’s online classifieds or Mua Ban sites. Photo from (Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)

The Environmental Investigation Agency, a conservation advocacy group, has said in a statement in March that there are some 10,000 ads on Google Japan’s shopping site that promote the sale of ivory.

Concerned internet shoppers have alleged that ivory is being sold on other sites as well, including eBay. Some objects now offered for more than $1,000 apiece are marketed as “ox-bone” or “faux ivory.”

At least one wildlife group, the United Kingdom-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, has said it has worked with eBay to help them enforce anti-ivory trading policies by showing them how their rules are being flouted and improving efforts to flag suspicious items.

In 2007, IFAW alleged that eBay was “one of the main channels through which trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products are conducted online,” but it has said the shopping site clamped down after IFAW shared research with them concerning illegal trading.

See full article at CBC News

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