"Is the Internet hastening the demise of the African elephant?" asks The New York Times. Some animal welfare advocates believe that it is and that scores of other species are at risk as well. Illegal online trade is said to have increased as the Web itself has grown. Searches on English-language Web sites during a three-month period found "more than 6,000 illegal or potentially illegal wildlife items for sale," including turtle shells, elephant-bone sculptures, and even live black leopards.