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China's Web Stimulates Illegal Trade in Endangered Species

A family of elephants react as a vehicle approaches on Aug. 6 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in Laikipia county, Kenya

A family of elephants react as a vehicle approaches on Aug. 6 at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary, in Laikipia county, Kenya

Photograph by Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Want to buy a polar bear paw, some elephant ivory, or a sea turtle? How about an Amazon Parrot, a baboon, or even a live cheetah? They are all available online and selling at a “shocking scale,” says a new report called “Wanted-Dead or Alive; Exposing Online Wildlife Trade,” released on Nov. 25 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“At a time when poaching of endangered wildlife has reached unprecedented levels, the widespread availability of the Internet has transformed some traditional criminal activity to the extent that lawbreaking takes place on an extraordinary scale,” writes the Yarmouth Port (Mass.) organization.