Demand Facebook Stop the Sale of Illegal Animal Parts

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Urge Facebook to remove content featuring illegal animal parts on group pages.

Cruel poachers have allegedly been given an international platform to sell their the fur, horns, and ivory of endangered animals. Facebook has been accused of displaying ads for well-known corporations on group pages run by notorious ivory and rhino horn traffickers from around the world. Advocates for wildlife conservation have complained that the company’s failure to crack down on this illicit trade is turning the social media platform into a online marketplace for poachers. Facebook has a responsibility to put an end to this illegal behavior.

Undercover investigators claim in their complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission that the ads run were featured on the same pages that illegal ivory, tiger teeth, and other parts from endangered species were being openly marketed. Gretchen Peters, executive director of the Center for Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime, says, “I have looked at thousands of posts containing ivory, and I am convinced that Facebook is literally facilitating the extinction of the elephant species.” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has yet to comment on these serious allegations as the company deals with its latest scandal involving an alleged breach of private user data.

As one of 20 tech companies that recently signed on to the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, Facebook must honor its agreement and ban this illegal content. Sign this petition to demand that the company act immediately to remove these ads and help officials punish those responsible for running them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

Facebook has recently come under fire for a number of reasons. Among these is the fact that undercover investigators have allegedly discovered scores of internationally banned wildlife products for sale in private and public groups on your site. Users have reported seeing endangered Bengal tiger pelts, rhino horns, and elephant ivory advertised for sale on what appears to be an online black market on your site.

It is time that Facebook stop giving these illegal traffickers a platform where they can initiate their sales. You must remove this content immediately and assist in all efforts to track down and severely punish those responsible for advertising animal parts from endangered animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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7 Comments

  1. It was long ago I left Facebook since I don’t trust them regarding security and their activity “behind the stage”.

  2. Christopher Porter says:

    Facebook, is making itself very unpopular by giving wildlife trafficking criminals a place to sell their ill-gotten wares. Close down these sites, help the authorities prosecute the criminals, and salvage your reputation, Facebook, before it is too late.

  3. Beth Marie says:

    I do not use Facebook anymore, Mr. Zuckerberg’s true colors are being revealed, obviously lacking morals, no empathy towards these animal and the disgusting trade and abuse of these animals plastered all over FACEBOOK! They want your identity but for what, the abuse is still happening. They either can’t stop or more likely just don’t care. Pretty pathetic.

  4. FB has so many problems, first with people’s privacy and now this. They really need to get their act together. No human or animal should have to suffer.

  5. KatWrangler Welch says:

    I guess there’s nothing FB wouldn’t do for a buck.
    Nice going, Zuckerberg!
    I guess you and your stockholders don’t have enough money.

  6. Gen Agustsson says:

    this is no worse than craigslist

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