IFAW: Bidding for Extinction

May 19th, 2007 6:48 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

Bidding for Extinction

The Internet represents a considerable threat to the survival of wild animals. Wild leather and fur handbags, shoes and clothes from endangered reptiles, tiger bone “medicine”, all kind of ivory items and much more are easily available online. A new IFAW global survey “Bidding for Extinction” reveals how the rampant trade in elephant ivory is being conducted online, particularly across eBay’s global network of auction sites. This increasingly vast illegal trade is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal. […]

IFAW recently conducted an in-depth survey of ivory products for sale on eBay. During a one week investigation of eight eBay sites, a whopping 2,275 ivory items were found. More than 94% of these ivory items did not comply with eBay’s own stated standards and the remaining 6% were most likely illegal. […]

After a recent meeting between IFAW and eBay Inc., eBay has expressed its commitment to a global policy on the ivory trade and a willingness to work closely with IFAW on drafting such a policy and its enforcement. But words are not enough.

Please take a moment to send a letter to eBay corporate headquarters, urging eBay to enforce a complete global ban on ivory sales immediately.



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