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More than 20,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year to trade their tusks More than 20,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year to trade their tusks

Tech Companies Unite Against Online Wildlife Traffickers

Leading e-commerce, technology and social media companies are joining forces with Google and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to render online platforms and apps inoperable for wildlife traffickers who are attempting to illegally trade endangered species.

On March 08, some 21 tech companies from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa came together as the first-ever Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. As members of this coalition, tech companies pledge to work together to collectively reduce wildlife trafficking across platforms by 80 percent by 2020.

In collaboration with WWF, TRAFFIC, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), each company will develop and implement policies and solutions to help end wildlife trafficking online.

Crawford Allan, senior director, wildlife crime, TRAFFIC, WWF, stated, “Bringing these industry giants together is the best shot at systematically closing the open web to wildlife traffickers. These companies see the problem and are uniting to ensure an Internet where traffickers have nowhere left to turn.”