Wednesday 15 October 2014

Chinese Internet companies to stop trading in Wildlife products

Chinese internet companies will begin to stop the online trading of wildlife and wildlife products from Friday.

At a seminar in Hangzhou City in east China’s Zhejiang Province, representatives of nine well known
companies, including Alibaba and Tencent, promised not to provide any opportunities for promotion and trading of wildlife and related products on their platforms.

The companies called on the public to boycott wildlife products to protect rare species. Trading online has made such activities easier to execute and easier to conceal, said an official overseeing import and export of rare species.

An investigation in eight Chinese cities by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, found 3300 elephant tusks and 330 stores selling illegal ivory.

Dealers often use instant messaging services and online threads to spread their messages, making
enforcement of the law all the more difficult, according to International Fund for Animal Welfare.

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