Call on Google today to stop ivory trafficking
Google claims to be a company interested in renewable energy and sustainability, but some say the company’s policies regarding international commerce prove just the opposite. According to an investigation by the organization Sum of Us, lenient enforcement of policies against selling products made from endangered animals is allowing criminals to continue the illegal ivory trade online. Ivory retailers can not only be found through a simple Google search, but also appear as Google shops and in Google ads. The company says that they remove ivory ads when detected, but admits the monitoring system is lax. Sum of Us has started an online petition to put pressure on Google to crack down on ivory sales.
The ivory trade is slaughtering elephants by the hundreds in horrific massacres that rip apart herds and leave orphaned calves to starve. But despite an official policy against selling products from endangered animals, Google still traffics ivory — taking money from ivory sellers to promote their products. Google offers thousands of ivory items on its shopping sites around the world. Its lax enforcement of its own policies allows unscrupulous sellers to find easy markets for illegal ivory. Google needs to stop this horrific practice today.
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