Demand Facebook Stop the Sale of Illegal Animal Parts

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Urge Facebook to remove content featuring illegal animal parts on group pages.

Cruel poachers have allegedly been given an international platform to sell their the fur, horns, and ivory of endangered animals. Facebook has been accused of displaying ads for well-known corporations on group pages run by notorious ivory and rhino horn traffickers from around the world. Advocates for wildlife conservation have complained that the company’s failure to crack down on this illicit trade is turning the social media platform into a online marketplace for poachers. Facebook has a responsibility to put an end to this illegal behavior.

Undercover investigators claim in their complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission that the ads run were featured on the same pages that illegal ivory, tiger teeth, and other parts from endangered species were being openly marketed. Gretchen Peters, executive director of the Center for Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime, says, “I have looked at thousands of posts containing ivory, and I am convinced that Facebook is literally facilitating the extinction of the elephant species.” Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has yet to comment on these serious allegations as the company deals with its latest scandal involving an alleged breach of private user data.

As one of 20 tech companies that recently signed on to the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, Facebook must honor its agreement and ban this illegal content. Sign this petition to demand that the company act immediately to remove these ads and help officials punish those responsible for running them.


Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

Facebook has recently come under fire for a number of reasons. Among these is the fact that undercover investigators have allegedly discovered scores of internationally banned wildlife products for sale in private and public groups on your site. Users have reported seeing endangered Bengal tiger pelts, rhino horns, and elephant ivory advertised for sale on what appears to be an online black market on your site.

It is time that Facebook stop giving these illegal traffickers a platform where they can initiate their sales. You must remove this content immediately and assist in all efforts to track down and severely punish those responsible for advertising animal parts from endangered animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. How can this be “mentioned” at these hearings that are being held for him?

  2. Agree all comments

  3. Linda York says:

    Facebook needs to clean up it’s act! How can you allow people to sell animal parts, and from protected species at that! Is money so important to you that you have lost your humanity? This makes me actually sick, and I will be posting comments on Facebook about it. I am going to start a shit storm of negative feedback, and will advise all my friends to do the same.

  4. Selena Brooks says:

    This is why I have never trusted Facebook!

  5. How you dear. Stop these right now or i and all my friends will give you negative feedback

  6. Karen Mckay says:

    Seriously Zuckberg? I had very little respect for you as it is, but this is the lowest of the low. Karma giveth and she also taketh away. You’re losing it loser!!!

  7. Carol Brandt says:

    Like you don’t have enough problems as it is, Zuckerberg? What the heck is wrong with you?

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