years ago I found an Indian site selling a tiger skin from Meerut. I informed
the police , the site was raided , the owners arrested and the tigerskin confiscated.
The site never displayed animals again.
music shop in Mumbai advertised drums with monitor lizard skin on the net. Unfortunately
for them I was looking for musical instruments. The shop was raided and many more
things were found. They were shut down, the owners arrested and the site went
off the air.
we found a house in Agra with 14,000 jars of animals that had been made ready
to sell to school / college laboratories all over the world : they contained sharks,
squirrels, owls, every kind of bird. The smuggler was a retired secretary in the
fisheries ministry ! We found a list of his associates. When they were raided
, all they had were computers and internet sites on which they advertised.
suspected a shop in Delhi of selling ivory. We sent them a fake buyer and address
from Australia. Within 15 minutes the buyer was rung up. Something he said may
not have been right because the shop said , we will get back to you and never
called again. But there was no doubt about their intention.
this year 57,shatoosh shawls have been seized from traders who had advertised
the products on the Internet to attract foreign buyers. 80 highly endangered turtles
were seized in Kolkata on their way to an internet buyer
internet , since it is anonymous and unregulated, has become a haven for the sale
of exotic animals and animal products made from endangered species. In just two
months, International Fund for Animal Welfare found thousands of endangered animals
and animal products available for purchase over the internet, including a live
Siberian tiger , a lion, peregrine falcons and many medicines made from leopard,
tiger, rhino and elephant parts. During a one-week period in January, the study
found more than 9,000 live wild animals and animal products and specimens for
sale, predominantly from species under legal protection (: 146 live primates,
5000 elephant products, 3000 turtle and tortoiseshell products, reptile products
and 239 wild cat products) - in just the UK alone. The animals and products were
offered on animal-trading websites, in chat rooms and on auction sites like eBay.
internet has made it easy for poachers and traders in exotic animals. IFAW showed
several sites selling endangered animals protected by international law. One is
Rainbow Primates, which offers various
monkeys for sale, including two capuchins, two java monkeys and a spider monkey.
The head of the site , David Davis defended himself by saying that America was
a democracy and people should have the right to possess whichever animal they
wanted as a pet. Which means that Americans were free to raid the rest of the
sites pointed out for selling exotic animals include Schreiner
Farms and Awesome Exotic's .
The Animal Protection Institute estimates that there are more than 1,000 Internet
sites dedicated to the sale, trade or care of exotic animals. In one month 150
Dutch-language websites were found to be selling endangered species of mammals,
land tortoises and sea turtles, protected birds, reptiles and amphibians The online
portal "Marktplaats" which is one of eBays subsidiary sites in
the Netherlands advertises 8,000 offers of endangered species of wild birds every
day. CEEWEB, a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe
revealed that the value of the illegal trade in wildlife on the Internet has already
surpassed that of illicit in-store sales in seven countries in that region
products range from black bear skulls, stuffed seals, sperm whale teeth , stuffed
birds , panther, leopard, lynx and lion skins, claws and tails, elephant feet
(TRAFFIC found that an average of 1,000 items per week advertised as elephant
ivory are offered on eBay ). Every day thousands of wild animals and animal parts
from live chimpanzees and ivory tusks to dried seahorses are being
traded in cyberspace. Gorillas( less than 200 left in the world), tigers, and
chimps can be bought .
have also been offered for sale on a US website, GotPetsOnline.com. At www.ad-mart.co.uk,
in January, a Welsh trader offered a pair of cotton-headed tamarin monkeys for
sale . Other websites sell monkeys along with "cute" accessories such
as nappies, feeding bottles, clothes . There are only 3,000 tigers left in the
wild. But that didnt stop one US website from advertising a two-week old
male and female tiger cubs . A website called "Vintage Louis Vuitton"
offered a rhino footstool. At least 20 of the world's 33 sea horse species face
extinction due to the trade of live animals for aquariums, and dried sea horses
for use in Chinese medicine.One internet ad said: " This could be your last
chance to own one of these little beauties."
animal welfare groups are working with local police and Interpol in order to stop
this kind of trade, laws in each country need to be toughened. For instance ,
India has an insane wildlife protection act which says that Indian birds cannot
be sold but foreign birds can. Many foreign birds have been smuggled into the
country and they are endangered ( specially the parrots) in their own.
s excuse is that it doesnt know which animals are illegal in which
country, its auctions are secret, it permits dead and stuffed animals and animal
parts and its wildlife police is that if anything was killed or made before a
law for passed ivory statues, leopard coats, rhino horns etc it
can be sold. Since no one on eBay is an expert on judging age and most of the
animals and their parts are from third world countries with easy access to fake
documents , this leaves the window wide open for all the criminals of the world.
The scope of the illegal trade in wildlife on a par with the illegal drug
trade and arms trafficking - is dramatically increasing online. It will continue
to do so unless action is taken to address this issue.
can the problem be tackled ? By regulating the physical movement of animals and
their parts.This means tightening customs.Another way is to shift the burden of
proof to the owner of an animal or wildlife product who should be obliged to prove
its legality (via an international system of certification, already in place,
called CITES). One example: eBay in Germany requires that every piece of ivory
offered for sale show proof of legality. This action has already reduced the numbers
of ivory on offer by 98%! But eBay Germany is a lone example, as most other online
marketplaces (including eBay sites in other countries)do nothing. Online marketplaces
all over the world need to be more proactive in policing their own sites for illegal
Third world enforcement agencies often hide behind the excuse that
they do not have the resources to tackle this issue. They should find the resources.
Wildlife crime hurts society and risks the livelihoods of future generations.
Having made the commitment to comply with international law, countries have assumed
the responsibility for its adequate enforcement. Because of the enormous monetary
stakes involved international criminal syndicates have taken over the action.
The participation of these types of organizations is now endangering the lives
of people charged with protecting them: in the past 15 years in Kenya alone, 21
rangers were killed while protecting wildlife. In India hundreds of forest rangers
have been killed or wounded..
you want to save animals but have no time because you work in an office , here
is what you can do :
time out to surf the net every day looking for wildlife offers. If you come across
offers on the Internet dealing in wildlife products or live protected animal species
that pertain to our country, then report these activities to your national authorities
. There are many animals advertised abroad that could only have come from our
region : peacocks, turtles, seahorses, langurs, cobras etc. Get a listing of the
wildlife in our country and use it. If any site displays any of our animals ,
report it immediately.
an e-mail to eBay and any other site and draw attention to offers you come across.
Demand that eBay remove illegal wildlife offers from the auction site immediately..
Since it operates nationally as well, it can be taken to court in India and forced
into having mechanisms for reporting illegal wildlife sales.
demand is what drives the wildlife trade. The sale of endangered animals will
only stop when there are no buyers. Wild animals are not commodities. Regardless
of whether an item was a souvenir or an heirloom, do not resell it. Trade in wildlife
is driven by consumer demand, so when the buying stops the killing will too. Buying
wildlife online is as damaging as killing it yourself.
join the animal welfare movement contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
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