|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Amphibians, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Trade|
|Date||25 Oct 2018|
In the past 10 years thanks to the RSGF support, we have been able to formally monitor the e-commerce of: ivory in Latin America, Africa and Asia, primates in Latin America and CITES protected fauna species in Ecuador.
For this project, our team decided to focus in Mexico, as from our several formal monitorings we learned that not only the e-commerce is widely spread in this country, but also that literally you can find any possible animal species online for sale. For this reason, we decided to assess their trade, giving emphasis to the Great apes and large felines, but also to all other primates, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and arthropods.
This is a mega project, but the results which we get, will be used to lobby with the CITES enforcement authorities of the countries of origin of the alien animals species that we find and the Mexican authorities, to protect these species from the e-commerce one country at the time. As well we will alert the authorities about the websites that sell fauna specimens. CATCA EWS will also contact each website individually in the next years to come, to be sure that they finally ban their trade of protected fauna species.
We will also check for elephant ivory, to follow up to see which Latin American classified websites in Mexico have finally banned ivory and live primates (from our previous formal monitorings). This will allow us to assess if they have listened to us in the past and have introduced bans and new regulations, to alert the general public posting on their websites about issues regarding the issues surrounding selling and buying protected and endangered fauna online.
Read about Ericka's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/ericka_ceballos or for more information contact:
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