eBay: Enemy of Elephants

May 15, 2007 at 7:26 pm (injustice)

Elephants are facing exctinction because of the ivory trade. The eBay ivory trade, that is.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said it had conducted a survey in Britain, Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the United States and tracked more than 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay websites.

It found more than 90 percent of the listings breached even eBay’s own wildlife policies.

Let me just cut in here to note what a strange, strange place this world is.

IFAW is adamant that only a total — and, you know, enforced — ban on ivory can save the elephants.

EBay’s response?

Gareth Streeter, a spokesman for eBay in London, said in a statement the Web site operated policies to “restrict the sale of ivory in accordance with existing UK and international law.

“We have had a number of positive and fruitful discussions with the IFAW about how we can work together to ensure that our policies are effectively enforced, and we are committed to working with them to tackle the problem of illegal ivory sales,” he said.

Less talking, more life-saving, eBay.

(Cross-posted at YOUTHinkLeft.)

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