Mexico's 'out of control' illegal trafficking threatens wildlife

A U.S. environmental group said that it had filed a complaint to Mexican state prosecutors, arguing that toothless regulation was allowing illegal wildlife trafficking to threaten species in one of the world's most biodiverse countries.

Although they are protected by law, animals such as toucans, monkeys, bears and jaguars are openly and increasingly sold on platforms including Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, the report found.

Researchers who scoured social networks, visited local markets and interviewed experts and officials said propagation of false online profiles made the trade harder for authorities to regulate.

Credit: Reuters

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