Nowadays, everything can be bought online, whether it’s clothes, electronic devices or food. Animals can also be bought and sold online. But who actually makes sure that the animals that are offered here by private individuals for trade are not protected? This should actually be the task of the platform operators, but their willingness to cooperate varies greatly. While some platforms such as Ebay-Kleinanzeigen or Quoka are in constant exchange with IFAW and actively fight against ads with protected animals, there are also platforms such as Terraristik, which claim that no protected animals are traded on them, but are not willing to use resources to prevent such ads. Previously, IFAW staff had to manually enter names of protected animals on such platforms and then process the ads. Now this is where my previous task comes into play. I am writing a Python script which automates this process to search such platforms for a list of names of protected animals with a few clicks and then outputs the name and link of these ads. After that, an employee only has to go through the results and check whether it is indeed an illegal report or whether the necessary papers are available, if applicable. I ran the script with a list of just under 100 protected animals. How many ads do you think the script found? Ebay-Kleinanzeigen and Quoka actually have measures against such trade and therefore the answer here is: 0. And what about Terraristik now? According to the operator, there is no illegal animal trade here, so there should be 0, right? Not quite, in fact there were 861 results. Not all of them are illegal, as some of the animals can be traded with the appropriate documents, but I think this number still gives a good idea of how much action is actually taken against illegal animal trade there.