Facebook is one of the world’s largest black markets for illegal buying and selling of parts of endangered species including elephant tusks and ivory horns. According to Iris Ho, wildlife campaign manager at Humane Society International, “At a time when the world is losing 30,000 elephants a year to poachers, the amount of ivory sold on Facebook is particularly shocking.”
The Washington based law firm John, Kohn and Colapinto filed a federal complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission against Facebook last month because of horrifying amounts of wildlife being traded on closed and secret groups including tons of ivory, rhino horn, bear claws, tiger skin, reptiles. Their complaint accuses Facebook of knowingly profiting from the blood trade by Selling and placing ads for a consumer products on public and private page is managed by traffickers. Trade in wildlife products is estimated at $23 billion annually according to the UN and Interpol which often funds terrorists.
Facebook stated that the moment they find sale of wildlife endangered species or their parts it is immediately removed from their site; however these items do exist for sale and are easily found. The Kohn firm found over a dozen Networks on Facebook specializing in illegal sales including traders in Vietnam and Laos. Facebook owes it to society and the animal community to find these evil actors and prevent them from profiting off of their marketplace.