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Wildlife Cybercrimein the European Union

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Published 2nd July 2020

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New studies document online wildlife trafficking in Belgium and the Netherlands and highlight potential technological solutions

Brussels, Belgium, 2nd July 2020—online monitoring of social media outlets and e-commerce websites by researchers from TRAFFIC and WWF between July and September 2019 found more than 100 suspicious posts relating to at least 93 birds and 94 reptiles in Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Stop Wildlife Cybercrime in the EU – Online Trade in Reptiles and Birds in Belgium and the Netherlands

Report author(s):
Vicki Crook, Emilie Van der Henst

Publication date:
July 2020


Notes:

Stop Wildlife Cybercrime in the EU – Online Trade in Reptiles and Birds in Belgium and the Netherlands is available in English, French and Dutch.

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About TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development whose mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. More information at www.traffic.org

WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.