Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade
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At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit.

In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

trafficOctober 2014: At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

The announcement followed a presentation by TRAFFIC on how criminals are using the internet and social media to buy and sell illegal wildlife products.

Speaking at the conference, Zhou Fei, Head of TRAFFIC in China said: “TRAFFIC looks forward to being part of this initiative that aims to have a significant role in the global fight against illicit trade.”

The seminar was jointly held by the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA), TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Units from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) enforcement team, relevant ministries and commissions, and more than 60 representatives from nine companies, including Alibaba and Tencent, attended the event. [Congo Basin Forest Partnership News]

 

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