Google has been accused of encouraging the poaching of elephants by running a series of advertisements promoting ivory products.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) claims there are 10,000 ads on Google Japan’s shopping site that promote the sale of ivory.
The EIA said it has written to Google CEO Larry Page appealing for the removal of the ivory adds along with the removal of more than 1,400 ads promoting whale products.
"Google has laudable policies that prohibit the promotion of endangered wildlife products including whale, dolphin and elephant ivory, but sadly these are not being enforced and that’s devastating for whales and elephants," said EIA president Allan Thornton.
"While elephants are being mass slaughtered across Africa to produce ivory trinkets, it is shocking to discover that Google, with the massive resources it has at its disposal, is failing to enforce its own policies," he added.
Google responded to the claims with the following statement: "Ads for products obtained from endangered or threatened species are not allowed on Google. As soon as we detect ads that violate our advertising policies, we remove them."
Elephant and Laptop image via Shutterstock.com.
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