Read the full blog post here: http://news.janegoodall.org/2018/07/14/illegalpettrade/Think twice before you like that chimp video on social media
By Madeline Monroe, July 14, 2018
THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE
You might check your newsfeed one day and see a cute baby chimpanzee dressed up in human clothing, but the story behind how the chimpanzee wound up in your feed isn’t as cute. In the depths of social media, search engines and other platforms, individuals create services for those looking to profit off the sale of chimpanzees and other apes. As social media use soars and online spaces connect buyers to sellers of these chimpanzees, challenges grow for those wanting to stop illegal wildlife trafficking, but there is hope.
Just wanted to share some work I did at my internship in observance of the first ever World Chimpanzee Day on Saturday, July 14, almost 60 years after Jane first arrived at Gombe Stream National Park in present day Tanzania to start her research on chimpanzees.
This was difficult for me to write, since it wasn't exactly hard news (and more of a compilation of recent news stories), which is reflected in the style, so I apologize if the writing seems clunky; we have to adhere to a strict word limit because of the website's style and consequently needed to remove some parts out. I also have to adhere to their writing style, which also does not follow a hard news tone.