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Tech Industry Leaders Join Forces against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Online

by Christin VanZant last modified Aug 17, 2016 10:53 PM
Contributors: World Wildlife Federation
On World Elephant Day, online companies unite against wildlife cybercriminals by adopting measures to fight illegal wildlife trade

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Today, seven companies, including eBay, Etsy, Gumtree, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tencent and Yahoo!, have adopted a global, standardized wildlife policy framework in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). This comprehensive policy will simplify shopping guidelines for consumers, identify prohibited products and eliminate the loopholes that make it easy for criminals to traffic wildlife online. This united front by the tech industry minimizes the whack-a-mole effect where criminals move from site to site to avoid detection. These companies are working together to protect wildlife.



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