Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Purchase Power

EBay to ban sales of ivory goods

EBay has announced a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory products on its auction websites from next year.

An eBay spokesman said the move was the best way to help African and Asian elephants. The endangered animals are often hunted for their ivory tusks.

The ban comes as a conservation group prepares to release a report critical of the auction site.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare will say more than 4,000 ivory products have been listed on eBay.

It will also most sales of ivory products through eBay are done on the company's American website.

"In one instance, a user purchased a pair of elephant tusks off eBay for more than $21,000," the International Fund for Animal Welfare said.

Welcome decision

EBay said it would still allow the sale of some antique items which contain a small amount of ivory, such as pianos.

Campaigning groups the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International welcomed the decision.

Teresa Telecky, policy director for Humane Society International, said eBay's decision was "commendable and should set an example for others".

Each year, an estimated 20,000 elephants are illegally killed in Africa and Asia for their ivory, fueling a booming black-market industry.

Elephants are protected under the International Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2008/10/21 12:49:03 GMT


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  1. Thank you. This is a very informative and wonderful blog.

  2. Hello! yes, the snow, what a surprise...thanks for stopping by my blog by the way.

    I subscribed to your newsletter, by the way.

    I like putting green tips - I can link to you from time to time, if you don't mind?

    Most of the snow is gone, but there is still a bit left :)

  3. I learn something new here every time I visit.

  4. Just saw your other comment *smiling*

    You are so right -I like seeing the tourists come, for our economy needs the revenue. I feel proud when we are on lists of "best of's" -- but I cringe when the developers come, or the trouists don't respect the beauty and the quiet.

    I was born a West Viriginia girl, and when I had to go live in So Louisiana for so many years, I yearned for the mountains all the way in my marrow - this is home - the ancient mountains! ah!

  5. What is so sad about this article is that ebay waited until a negative article was coming out about them to make this decision.

    Why couldn't they do the right thing in the first place? Oh, wait I know it would have hurt their profits.

  6. Ahh, finally, the much-anticipated ivory post! :) Good for you, ebay.

    - Cesia.