In DF, animal traffickers offer snake delivery service

It is not difficult to find advertisements for the sale of exotic and wild animals on social media. Offers range from rare birds to snakes of foreign origin. Negotiations defy the authorities and take place freely in the virtual environment, through the e-commerce system. On Facebook, for example, there is a group dedicated exclusively to advertisements for the Federal District and surroundings. The facilities promised by the offenders even include the delivery of animals.

One of the suspects identified by the report presents a catalog of available reptiles and promises “free delivery” to regions of the DF and surroundings. The dialogue between the customer and the seller takes place only over the internet.

Some “protocols”, however, need to be followed to make the purchase. One of the rules is to use the personal profile on social networks and WhatsApp. Showing a photo of the face is also crucial on first contact.

Prices start at R$200, but can exceed R$5,000, depending on the species and rarity of the animal. Payment methods are also negotiable. There are cash discounts and installments of up to 12 interest-free installments on the card.

Sources from the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) heard by the report warn that the ads are illegal. Exotic animals cannot be marketed, and wild animals must be sold following specific rules, such as the disclosure of management authorization.

Traffic

Lovers of rare species, who do business online, can still incur the crime of animal trafficking. The classification is included in item III of article 29 of Law 9.605/98, which prohibits the sale, export, acquisition, captivity or transport of eggs, or larvae, without proper authorization. The legal provision also describes as an illicit act the conduct of killing, chasing, hunting, catching or using wild species without permission from the competent authority.

The penalty provided for the crimes is detention from 6 months to 1 year and a fine, which may be doubled in case of: crime committed against an endangered species; during a hunting ban period; during the night; with license abuse; inside a conservation unit; and when using a method or instrument capable of causing mass destruction. In the case of a crime resulting from professional hunting, the penalty can be increased by three times.

The law also defines what wild animals are, according to paragraph 3 of article 29: animals that belong to native, migratory and any other species, aquatic or terrestrial, that have all or part of their life cycle occurring within the limits of the Brazilian territory, or Brazilian jurisdictional waters.

Internet

Ibama inspectors also reported to the column that the inspection faces problems regarding the measures adopted by social networks to curb advertisements like these. This year, animal protection associations mobilized to collect signatures and pressure Facebook to increase rigor against the illegal trade.

“Tiger cubs, monkeys, bears and extremely endangered birds are for sale on Facebook. Along with a huge amount of illegal ivory, pangolin scales and slaughtered animal parts. It looks like a new underground market for the sale of wild animals, and the sellers are causing a massacre”, reads the text published on Avaaz, a website specializing in petitions.

The campaign already has 698,296 signatures from internet users from several countries, such as Greece, Germany, Italy, the United States and Brazil. The goal is to reach 750 thousand.

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