The Internet is a powerful tool for wildlife traffickers. This article examines the role of the Darknet, where wildlife traffickers hide from detection. This article also explores the costs of reducing illegal wildlife trade. The costs are not small. The online market for wildlife represents an enormous revenue stream for illegal traffickers. CITES-supported partnerships can be successful if they take these challenges seriously. However, the online market will never be free of illegal wildlife trade.
In an attempt to stop the growing problem of illegal wildlife trade, CITES has stepped in with partnerships and alliances with other intergovernmental organizations. These new partnerships are working to reduce the number of animals and plants being sold on the internet. However, there are still many challenges to overcome. One major challenge is implementing the new rules, which are not in place yet. The CITES Secretariat provides remote support for these new partnerships.
Several international organizations, including NGOs, have joined forces with U.S. government departments to help combat the illegal wildlife trade. One such initiative is the South American Wildlife Enforcement Network (SudWEN), which works to enforce CITES rules. The partnership also supports efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in these countries. A joint research project between the U.S. Department of the Interior and CITES-supported organizations will analyze the effectiveness of the partnerships and the enforcement practices of the key CITES Parties.
Internet facilitates illegal wildlife trade
Online platforms are becoming an increasingly popular means for organised criminal groups to conduct transnational wildlife trafficking. From social media applications to online trading sites, the Internet can help illicit wildlife traders reach new customers and circumvent the law. Many of these online marketplaces sell live tiger cubs, chimpanzees, and other wildlife, and some even sell products derived from these animals. Sadly, few governments have the capacity to effectively combat this trade.
The Internet has made it easier for these criminals to hide their activities online. CITES, the international convention on trade in endangered species, has recognized this phenomenon and made recommendations for combating the online wildlife trade. The CITES Secretariat, along with the International Criminal Police Organization, has also set up a program to support CITES Parties in investigating wildlife crimes committed online. However, it is important to note that the Internet is not the only source of illegal wildlife trade. It has also made it harder for law enforcement authorities to track and prosecute the criminals.
Darknet sites used by traffickers to evade detection
A new study has found that darknet sites are used by wildlife traffickers to evade the laws against illegal trade. The researchers, from the University of Kent, collected advertisements for 9,852 items on the dark web using scraping technology. They also analyzed 121 keywords associated with wildlife trafficking. The researchers obtained these ads from well-known hidden websites such as r/DarkNetMarkets and The Hidden Wiki. All of the sites did not require a user registration.
Although the darknet sites have been widely criticized as being untrustworthy, the research suggests that they can help combat illicit wildlife trafficking. In addition, experts say that the darknet sites provide a wealth of information on goods and services, criminals, and government practices. As such, it is important to collect information from such sites to inform government practices and policy-making. The article suggests that these sites can help law enforcement authorities better detect illicit activity and provide better resources to fight it.
Cost of reducing illegal wildlife trade
One of the greatest threats to biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is an international business with billions of dollars in value each year. It is fuelled by corruption, weak international institutions, and consumer demand. Online platforms have made this trade more lucrative and facilitate international connections. In some cases, criminal organizations use these sites to sell their products to customers around the world. And a significant portion of the illegal wildlife trade now takes place online.
In order to better understand the trade, future research must characterize the supply and demand of specific wildlife products, as well as market responses. For example, price changes could increase supply and decrease demand, while a reduction in demand would lead to an overall decline in trade. This approach is particularly important in countries like South Africa, where the wildlife trade has experienced a huge spike in the last five years. However, the cost of combatting this illegal trade is extremely high.