Facebook has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other with such ease and convenience. Not only that, the social network is a place where people can promote their business, keep up with their favorite personalities, and enjoy games. It also has become a place where wildlife trafficking happens.
Facebook is found to be the main market for illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines, according to a new study. Wildlife trading monitoring network TRAFFIC conducted the survey and it found that thousands of endangered reptile species are being sold through Facebook groups in just three months.
Apparently, Facebook is being used as a platform for illegal wildlife trading.
According to TRAFFIC’s report, titled Trading Faces: Utilisation of Facebook to Trade Live Reptiles in the Philippines, illegal traders use internet-based services to conduct the illicit activities because there is a lack of monitoring from authorities. Facebook happens to be the most popular choice of these illegal traders.
Serene Chng, Programme Officer for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, describes the findings as "mind-boggling."
“In only selected groups and in under a hundred days, we found thousands of individual reptiles in trade. This magnitude of commerce in live wild animals online is just mind-boggling.”
Deals involving protected animal species were usually closed using Facebook Messenger, the study has found.
This should ensure buyers and sellers the privacy during the transaction.
It makes monitoring of these illegal activities difficult.
All reptile species in the Philippines are protected under the country's Wildlife Act of 2001.
People who want to keep reptiles as pets may need to obtain the necessary permits.
And here are the top common animals traded in Facebook groups.
Half of the species found in TRAFFIC’s report are also in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) protected list.
In three months, 2,245 unique live reptile ads were recorded.
Only 17 ads explicitly mentioned they're selling with permits.
The Philippines' Biodiversity Management Bureau confirmed that "it has never issued permits to collect reptiles for commercial use."
This means that the creatures are sold illegally.
Many traders tell potential buyers that the animals for sale or trade have no permits or papers.
Seller and traders also admit the animals had been captured from the wild.
TRAFFIC will continue to work with Facebook to put a stop to the illegal wildlife trade.
“The study recommends enhanced monitoring, enforcement, collaboration, and advocacy to mitigate the burgeoning illegal reptile trade in the country. It also recommends that Facebook continue working with TRAFFIC to develop training materials around endangered species content.”
Cheetah in Missouri Gives Birth to Record Number of Cubs
Definitely great news, since cheetahs are in danger of extinction.
Cheetahs usually give birth to three to four cubs per litter, so when Bingwa, a cheetah living in St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, gave birth to eight cubs, it became a cause for celebration. The 4-year old Bingwa, which means "champion" in Swahili, reared her own cubs at the zoo.
This is the first time a cheetah gave birth to this many cubs, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which have documented more than 430 litters.
Bingwa is already the perfect mom to her cubs, three boys and five girls, the zoo said.
Hammerhead Shark Struggles Then Dies On The Street After Residents Played With It
This is truly heartbreaking and appalling.
Hammerhead sharks are fascinating creatures because of the unique shape of their heads. It is also listed as a protected species, so when you see one being abused by people, it's easy to feel furious and appalled.
Netizens were enraged after a video of a hammerhead shark brought to land and obviously struggling without water made the rounds on social media. The sickening incident happened in Currimao, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines, a Provincial Fisheries Regulatory Officer has confirmed.
This wounded hammerhead shark ended up on the street in Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
50 Adorable Animals Reacting to Snow for the First Time
The look on their faces says it all!
Who says that kids – and “young at heart” adults – are the only ones excited to see snow? Truth is, animals are just as stoked as human beings whenever there is a blanket of snow. And they also rush into almost everything they see white. Besides, the first snow is something that you cannot simply outgrow.
We here at Elite Readers compiled a list of animals that are wildly amused by the effects of snow. They either jump or dive into it, though a few of them show a pinch of disgust and terror. And mind you, the results are getting funnier and hilarious. You can just see on their faces how happy they are!
Well, without further ado, here they are. Scroll down and let us know what you think about these lovely creatures!...