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EBay To Ban Ivory Products


EBayThe biggest online site, EBay has announced that it will ban the selling of Ivory products on their site starting January 1, 2009. EBay's decision of the banning came before the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) released their findings from a three-month investigation in 11 countries. According to the findings of IFAW, two-thirds of online commerce in illegal wildlife products were sold in EBay and its affiliates.

EBay To Ban Ivory ProductsThe said selling is illegal and violates federal and international law. According to the director of the IFAW's Washington D.C. office, Jeff Flocken, "We found over 1,000 items from endangered animals every week. It may just represent the tip of the iceberg of the trade going on on the Internet." Still according to IFAW, every year more than 20,000 elephants in Africa and Asia are illegally killed to meet the demand of ivory products. Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and the International Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), African and Asian elephants are protected.

Aside from ivory products, items like firearms, drugs and human body parts are also banned. EBay is also taking action on goods that are fake.

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3 comments

  1. Texas Wanderer  

    October 27, 2008 at 2:03 AM

    Here is my confusion- if its so bad, and illegal to boot, then why are they waiting until January 2009 to take action? It seems to me like they are instead trying to give everyone bootlegging these horrible products a final push to make some good money before they close the door.

    It seems to me this would be something they'd block immediately.

  2. Sherry  

    February 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    do you know chinese wedding they will be shark fin soup. I know some people will find that the shark fin are fake, so its a replacement of real shark fin soup. I think its best to keep it that way and not killed the shark for their fin.

  3. WebbieLady  

    March 10, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Good enough.. In the fur street here in the Hague, we were walking last time and there was a rally against the fur inddustry..when will ebay ban fur? Or has it done already?


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