Stop Allowing Animal Traffickers to Sell Endangered Animals on Facebook

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook

Goal: Increase Facebook’s surveillance of illegal activity to ensure animal traffickers stop using the platform to sell endangered animals.

Animal traffickers are actively selling endangered animals through Facebook. Bears, gibbons, otters, tortoises and a variety of bird species, among other animals, are being advertised and sold through “closed” groups on the social media platform. This is according to a report by Traffic, a network monitoring wild animal trading. However, most of these species are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species, which bans their sale.

Traffic has said that “social media’s ability to put traffickers in touch with many potential buyers quickly, cheaply and anonymously is of concern for threatened wildlife and enforcement agencies.” Although Facebook has expressed willingness to help, the platform needs to urgently increase its internal monitoring of illegal activity to protect endangered animals from being traded. Urge Facebook to up its game in terms of surveillance and ensure animal traffickers are never able to use the platform to sell endangered animals.


Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

You are certainly aware of Traffic’s recent report which found that animal traffickers are increasingly using Facebook as a marketplace to advertise and sell endangered animals. While Facebook has expressed its willingness to collaborate with Traffic, it doesn’t seem as though the company is doing all it can to put a definitive stop to this illegal and harmful trade.

Please take urgent steps to increase internal monitoring so that illegal activities such as selling endangered animals are no longer allowed to carry on.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Charles AnimalLover says:

    Just because an animal is endangered doesn’t mean that it is being stole from the wide to be sold. There are plenty of animals that are endangered that are being brought out of endangered status thanks to breeders raising and selling these animals. If you want to ban according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species that is one thing but to wholesale block all animal traffic is ridiculous. If someone is selling unsound animals or treating animals inhumanly people post to groups that those people are selling on and there are groups dedicated to find good and bad breeders. Facebook is a great tool and should be used as such not stuffed in a box because of some people’s very ignorant view of the world. Any tool can be misused but there are thousands of people using it correctly for every person misusing.

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