Wildlife Cyber Sleuths To The Rescue.
As we speak, we have an operation under way in a major metro regarding softshell turtles which were being sold on the internet by a pet shop. It is illegal to trade in these species in India,” says Jose Louies, as we settle down for a conversation. As deputy director and chief, wildlife crime control division, at the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)—a conservation organization—Louies keeps a hawk’s eye on illegal wildlife sales.
In the past couple of years, he has had to turn his attention to cyberspace as well, owing to a mushrooming online trade facilitated by chat groups and social media sites.
Conservation organisations are getting aware of the working ways of the Chinese mafia while fighting wildlife crime.
Now they want to fight the battle on the internet, where wildlife is traded on the darkweb.
But the Chinese mafia is way ahead of them. So tiger conservationists want to team up with IT-companies.
An advise: please team up with the Chinese, Russian and American secret services. That’s the level you need to fight the Chinese mafia.