Rare species threatened by internet

Rare species threatened by internet

Rare species threatened by internet

One of the most important features of the internet is the globalization of local markets. Conservationists say that due to this fact internet threatens rare species of animals that now are sold with no restrictions all over the world. The number of internet users has grown continuously and in the last couple of years the internet expansion has been extremely fast. In 2000 there were 360,985,490 internet users, while in 2009 the number of users reached over 1,733,994,000.

Because of the internet, now is easier than ever to buy and sell animals, insects and plants. Everyone who has internet access can find online auction sites and chat rooms that sell various species of animals, including endangered ones. Conservationists say the size of this problem is almost impossible to estimate.

Europe, China, Russia and Australia also play a large part in this matter, US is the biggest market of rare species. Iranian salamander and the Kaiser’s Spotted Newt are just two of the rare species that have been devastated by the internet trade. Conservationists make huge efforts to stop internet trading with these species, but the chances to succeed are very low.

Previous attempts to ban trade with polar bears, bluefin tuna and rare red corals failed but environmental activists hope that they will eventually be taken in seriously. At the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which takes place in Doha, Qatar, conservationists will try to stop internet trading with most rare and endangered species.

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