Internet fuels booming market for rare species

Conservationists fear impact of internet on trade in rare species

source: Karen McGregor
Independent on Sunday September 17 2000 p26

Conservationists are concerned that the development of the internet has meant an increase in numbers of rare animals traded world wide, and that this could affect species in Africa and elsewhere. This is a particular problem in Madagascar, where many species are under threat as their habitats are eroded. Purchasers tend to come from the US, Europe, and Japan. Fennec foxes are among animals traded. The trade is mainly legal, but there is concern about illegal trading, and that the harvesting of wildlife may not be sustainable.