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Snapdeal, Amazon, and Alibaba among 106 websites that sell rare animals in India

Quartz india
Quartz india

Over 100 websites are being used to buy and sell rare animals and their body parts, according to a list released by the Indian government.

The 106 websites include home-grown ventures such as Snapdeal, Quikr, and Olx, American e-commerce companies eBay and Amazon.com, video-sharing website YouTube, and China’s Alibaba.com and Aliexpress.com.

“Several websites are seen advertising [the] sale of rare animals and their parts,” environment minister Anil Madhav Dave said replying to a query in the Rajya Sabha on July 18. The central government’s IT department is monitoring these websites “as part of combating cybercrime,” Dave said.

Olx, eBay, and Snapdeal did not respond to email queries from Quartz.

On May 19, environment ministry officials met representatives of these websites to discuss online wildlife trade. During the meeting, the officials asked them to assist the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, if needed. The ministry is also working with cyber crime specialists to monitor any posts offering to trade in rare animals or their body parts, Dave said.

“In May this year, Amazon India took down 296 items in the ‘animal specimen’ category and 104 items under the ‘snares or traps’ category that were listed by third party sellers, after Wildlife SOS drew our attention to them,” Amazon India spokesperson said. “We have since engaged with the government and provided our utmost support to help monitor the situation.”

Here’s the full list:

List of websites flagged by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau
Quikr.com
Gumtree.com
ClickIndia.in
Olx.in
eBay.com
Adsglobe.com
pets.oodle.com
Sell.com
Click.in
Classifiedads.com
Indialist.com
Locanto.in
globalFreeClassifiedAds.com
Adpost.com
Alibaba.com
Webindia123.com
inetgiant.com
yakaz.com
pennysaverusa.com
daype.com
Adeex.com
Whereincity.com
Aliexpress.com
ocala4sale.com
claz.org
Meramaal.com
Indiagrid.com
salespider.com
domesticsale.com
Adsmantra.com
epage.com
recycler.com
classifiedclan.com
hoobly.com
freeadlists.com
adpost.com
trade.indiamart.com
usfreeads.com
usnetads.com
theturtlesource.com
parrotshandraised.com.au
backwaterreptiles.com
youtube.com
reptilesncritters.com
myaquariumclub.com
citybase.in
ricepuller.com
Amazon.com
buytigers.com
softbillsforsale.com
bolee.com
shopping.rediff.com
vastustore.com
eindiabusiness.com
netexpress.co.in
whereincity.com
BeatyourPrice.com
taxidermiemporium.com
Boostime.in
Bizmartindia.com
Worldslist.com
Postaroo.com
Freeadvertisingexchange.com
freeadscity.com
Rajb2b.com
bavun.in
wantedwants.com
Dragg.in
buysellcommunity.com
Bharatpatal
Highlandclassifieds
Ozfreeonline.com
Kugli.com
Marketplace.sfgate.com
Ablewise.com
classifiedsforfree.com
craigslist.org
domesticsale.com
freeadlists.com
geebo.com
hot-ads.com
jihoy.com
kaango.com
nareshgroup.com
loot.com
pennysaverusa.com
Snakesvenom.com
Paintbrushes.com
ashbrush.com
startortoiseuk.co.uk
tortoisesupply.com
turtlesale.com
snakesatsunset.com
market.kingsnake.com
petsmart.com
petsolutions.com
reptilecity.com
undergroundreptiles.com
firstchoicereptiles.com
faunaclassifieds.com
cornsnake.net
havocscope.com
hookbillsforsale.com
tantraveda.org
clickbd.com
snapdeal.com
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