Stop Animal Trafficking On Facebook
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Facebook has a serious problem. It has a huge underground market, where poachers and hunters sell endangered and internationally protected animals. As of this moment, there are more than 14 Facebook groups selling 300+ endangered and rare species. Membership can be as high as 300,000.
Everything from baby turtles to fully grown monkeys are advertised and sold. As a matter of fact, there are even postings for sun bears to blood python and even a crocodile. After being sold the animals eat up as food or trapped in a cage forced to perform. Facebook has become a marketing tool for poachers and smugglers. It has allowed the criminals to reach huge numbers of potential buyers, something that wasn't possible before. Facebook has allowed poachers and smugglers to enter new markets If this keeps up the demand for animal parts will only increase.
The problem has gotten so bad, that there are postings to sell live Orangutan. A single ape could fetch more than $250,000. By using Facebook a smuggler is able to trap an Orangutan, post up an ad and complete a sale in complete anonymity. By the time the authorities find out about the posting, the animal is already halfway across the world.
The only way to solve this crisis is to ban the selling of animals on Facebook. Facebook also has filters in place to block and remove nudity, there is no reason why they can't do the same for animal trafficking. Please sign and share to urge Facebook to do the right thing.
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