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
Associated Press
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.

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