The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has produced a report to help understand the legal requirements that may apply to online wildlife trade. It is meant to be used in response to a post, advertisement or thread of interactions (e.g. over a messaging app) that is suspected of pointing to an illegal transaction of live wildlife or products containing parts of endangered species. It provides a checklist that contains a series of targeted questions to help monitors identify countries’ legal requirements concerning online wildlife trade and guide decisions on the legality of an advertisement. The intention is to help people assess the legality (or illegality) of posts and to triage the information to identify entries that present the most compelling case for action by law enforcement.
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