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BY CANDICE AVILES An unsettling discovery as an environmental group finds Google might
play a significant part in the killing of elephants and whales. “The environmental
investigation agency says the website of Google Japan promotes the sale of Ivory, it claims
there are 10,000 ads for Hanko.” [Via: KTVU] Just so you know, Hanko is a
stamp partially made with ivory. The BBC reports the demand for these trinkets and carvings,
often sold to tourists, leads to around 30,000 elephants being killed each year. [Via: YouTube/NationalGeographic] On
Monday, the Environmental Investigation Agency or EIA appealed to Google to remove the advertisements.
The international group actually wrote to Google CEO Larry Page back on February 22,
to remove both the 10,000 elephant and 1,400 whale adds on the shopping site.
Express notes what is perhaps more surprising, is the fact that Google has specific company
policies against the promotion of elephant ivory and whale products. Hypocritical much?
EIA notes Google has not responded to them yet and that the advertisements are still
up. This discovery coincides with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species, or CITES. The convention brings together 178 nations in Bangkok, and discussing the
ivory trade is on the agenda. Sky News quotes the Duke of Cambridge during the CITES
convention as saying, “We must do more to combat this serious crime if we are to reverse
the current alarming trends. If not, we could soon see some populations … disappear from
the wild.” But even if CITES passes new rules to protect the animals, how successful
will it be? PBS says selling elephant tusks was banned in 1989 and notes that killing
an elephant is illegal in Africa but still happening regardless. Over the past seven
decades, the elephant population has plummeted from an estimated 5 million to just around
half a million. [Via: National Geographic]