Google shopping adverts fuel ivory trade, conservation group warns
Environmental Investigation Agency says ads fuel surge in ivory demand that is killing African elephants at record rates
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 March 2013 06.13 EST
Google is helping to fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels, a conservation group claimed on Tuesday.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said there are some 10,000 ads on Google Japan’s shopping site that promote the sale of ivory.
About 80% of the ads are for “hanko,” small wooden stamps widely used in Japan to affix signature seals to official documents. The rest are carvings and other small objects.