Illegal animal sales still run wild on Facebook, with endangered species ‘openly traded’ – Nada Farhoud

In addition to offers for second-hand furniture, clothing and old toys, langur monkeys, pygmy marmosets and lion and cheetah cubs are also offered online

Langur monkey Lucy
Langur monkey Lucy for sale on Facebook

This is Lucy – a langur monkey. In addition to offers for used furniture, clothing and old toys, it is for sale on Facebook.

Many other species can also be found, including pygmy marmosets, the world’s smallest monkey, pictured in chains. You can buy lion and cheetah cubs or even rhino horn.

This thriving marketplace for the illegal wildlife trade boosts trade in endangered species — found “with a few clicks” via the search bar, research by campaign group Avaaz found.

Pangolin scales, the world’s most traded animal and an endangered species, are also sold on the site, with one post offering “Contact me for info” via WhatsApp with a mobile phone number.

On another eBay-like site, endangered species are also openly traded, condemning them to a miserable life in substandard conditions.

The vile trade in exotic wildlife also includes tiger cubs, dolphins and African parrots.

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In 2018, Facebook was among the founders of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, which aims to reduce illegal trade by 80% by 2020.

It said the company had implemented technology to find and remove such content, but acknowledged that “the people behind this horrific activity are persistent and are constantly evolving their tactics to try and circumvent these efforts.”

Weak laws governing the breeding and sale of captive wildlife have fueled this black market for pets, circus performers, and foreign marine parks.

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Almost 5,000 dangerous wild animals are kept as pets in the UK, including lions, tigers and cheetahs. More than 230 great apes live in people’s homes, as well as 14 wolves, a bear and an elephant. Animals are permitted under the Dangerous Wildlife Act.

The illegal wildlife trade is not only driving species towards extinction, it is also thought to pose a risk to humans who could potentially be infected with animal diseases.

There has never been a more opportune time to protect not only our health but also wild animals subjected to this vile, dangerous trade.

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