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EBay Responsible for 2/3 of Online Trade in Endangered Animals

I generally think of eBay as a force for environmental good...creating markets for items that would otherwise be trash but, instead, get to continue being useful. But this is very upsetting. It turns out that eBay is responsible for 2/3 of the generic cialis worldwide online market in products made from endangered species.

In response to the report, eBay has banned the sale of ALL items containing ivory, a huge hunk of endangered animal products. This policy change was caused by a report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which studied more than 7000 listings of illegal items on over 180 websites. eBay listed the vast majority of look there best price for levitra restricted items (not too much of a surprise, since they list the vast majority of all online auctions.) And ivory composed more than 70% of the restricted items.

We applaud eBay for pulling ivory from their pages completely. Frankly, eBay could have continued to only today levitra testimonial allow ivory, since it can come from non-endangered animals like walrus, and legal pre-ban sources. But eBay decided to take action, and instead of scrutinizing every ivory post, they simply will no longer allow the auctions.

However, ivory certainly isn't the end of the endangered species trade on eBay. Hides from elephants, turtle shells, and leopard, cheetah, ocelot, lizard and viagra endurance crocodiles skins were all available on the site in one country or another. The fact that these items were not disallowed a decade ago is extremely disturbing and upsetting. 

We all (including EBay) owe the IFAW a great deal of thanks for bringing this to light.

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written by Caroline Streich, October 21, 2008
For once a company is fixing a problem instead of making one. GO EBAY!!! Actually, I don't think it helps anything to not sell ivory on female levitra pills ebay, it just makes it harder for sellers. Still, ebay rocks!
A Controversial Proposal...
written by Steve N. Lee, October 21, 2008
Sorry, Hank but this is old news.

I read of eBay's involvement in this area while researching my book some two years ago or more. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was a report on IFAW's site that I read. Maybe it was a preliminary report upon which they've now built and submitted hard evidence, but, believe me, eBay has taken its sweet time over this.

That said, one thing that always puzzles me - and deeply saddens me - is when I see the authorities burning absolutely enormous piles of elephant tusks that they've seized from poachers or blackmarketeers. I'm upset that so many wonderful animals have been slaughtered but I'm also upset at the wasteage. We all know that vast resources are needed to protect wildlife, particularly those that are commercially attractive, so I can never understand why the authorities don't sell the ivory. Okay, I hear gasps of purchase of levitra horror at that, but think about it - burning it achieves nothing. Selling it would swam the market, lowering the price and making the poaching of more animals less attractive as it isn't so lucrative. Plus, all the proceeds could go into buying more guns and more staff to police the areas where living animals are still under threat. The dead ones are dead, so shouldn't we concentrate our efforts on the living?

And, if you really want to get picky about this - isn't burning the ivory adding to carbon emissions?

I know animal rights extremists will hate this idea, but when we don't have the resources to offer the levels of protection we need, we really have to talk about not what's best, but what can bring the viagra pfizer canada greater good.

Still, eBay has finally regulated sales is good news. Very, very late news, considering how long this has been going on, but, as they say, better late than never.

Steve N. Lee
author of eco-blog
and suspense thriller 'What if...?'
Ebay and the IFAW should not be applaude
written by N. Stegall, October 21, 2008
Ebay placing a blanket ban on ivory in response to the IFAW (and the IFAW suggesting it in the first place) is a knee-jerk reaction that ignors existing regulations, logic, and the lives of many indigenous artists.

The elephant poaching that occured in the 70s and 80s that decimated populations in both Africa and best viagra Asia was the result of comoditization and mass-manufacturing of ivory trinkets in China and S.E. Asia... mass manufacturers are the only ones who can afford to pay poachers and smuggle illegal ivory, individual artists cannot. Rather than tackle the root of tramadol discount the problem by prohibiting the mass-manufacture of ivory, in 1989 a world-wide ban was put in place on the import and export of elephant and rhino ivory. While this ban significantly decreased poaching, it also greatly hurt indigenous ivory carvers and elephant preserves who relied on income from selling ivory carvings, made from the tusks of animals that died of old age or were culled to help maintain a healthy herd, to help their conservation efforts. As Steve points out in his comment, those tusks are now burned instead of made into artwork, local ivory carvers have been put out of work, and elephant sanctuaries are starved for money to continue their efforts. All because instead of fixing the real problem, we put in place a blanket ban.

Now Ebay has a blanket ban on all ivory products. I presume this includes fossilized ivory from wooly mammoths tusks that have been burried in the frozen ground for 10,000 years... I'm sure their ban will keep any more poor mammoths from being poached. Banning walrus ivory isn't any more useful: most walrus ivory being traded today is ancient and has been burried on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska for 500 - 300K years, and any new walrus ivory can only be carved by Alaskan Natives who obtain it through subsistance hunting. Both are important sources of income for Inuit people... is it really in the best interests of follow link cheap levitra soft our society to canadian pharmacy make life harder for native people who live here:

My point is, as people who are concerned with the well-being of our planet it is our responsibility to look at these kinds of issues from a complete perspective. Yes, we want to make sure that endangered species are not being killed for the sake of consumerism, but blindly making regulations that don't really accomplish that goal and at the same time hurt individuals in some of the poorest areas of the world is not the answer.

Rather than appluading Ebay for what amounts to a PR stunt to get "environmentalists" off their back, we should be demanding that companies, wildlife protection groups, and governments collaborate and develop well-planned regulations and strategies that protect both wildlife and human interests.
Burning Ivory
written by Hank, October 21, 2008
First, the news is that we now have a figure for how much of the trade eBay is responsible for. I don't think anyone had any idea it was so high. And the BIG news is that eBay is disallowing all sales of ivory.

As for burning tusks, there's simply no other choice, we can't let the trade continue, there's nothing to do with it but destroy it.

The release of where to get cialis cheap the ivory wouldn't decrease the vast market for it, the only solution is purchase cheapest viagra to eliminate the market in raw elephant ivory. There is NO legal way to get raw elephant ivory now, so if you see it, you know it's illegal. If the officials started selling it, it would create another layer of ambiguity in an already ambiguously regulated trade.

It must be done, so complaining about waste and carbon emissions in this situation is shortsighted considering that everything must be done to cialis canadian pharmacy overnight shipping stop the illegal slaughter of the last remaining elephants.
eBay vs. International Regs
written by Hank, October 21, 2008
you're should be regulated better...but it is not. eBay can't control international trade laws and they cannot scrutinize every ivory auction posted at the site. So they did they only thing they could.

I agree, there should be a better system in place, there should be a sustainable way to harvest elephant ivory from healthy herds and best price for generic viagra promote the livelihood of indigenous artists. Also...I want cheap, 100% efficient solar panels and a true talent for composing masterful symphonies.

But in the absence of those things, we do the best we can. That's all eBay is doing., it's all they can do.
RE: Ebay vs. International Regs
written by N. Stegall, October 22, 2008

I do agree that Ebay should get some credit for taking action (they aparently did in 2007 also, placing a ban on international shipping on 50 mg viagra Elephant ivory... which was impossible to enforce, so they put in place the new ban). I do think that they had better options than a blanket ban on ivory.

The IFAW study actually suggests that Ebay and other e-comerce sites prohibit sales of any items from endangered or protected animal species. It seems to me that policy would be much more effective in protecting all endangered animals, and wouldn't have the drawbacks associated with outlawing fossilized ivory and walrus ivory. I presume that Ebay enforces and monitors this type of policy through keywords, so I wouldn't think it would be more difficult to flag "elephant ivory" than just "ivory".

In general I think that blanket laws don't work very well (as a result of America's 'war on drugs' 1 in 100 adults in this country are in jail, many for no legitimate reason, for example), and this type of ban on "all ivory" just perpetuates the myth that all ivory is bad and illegal, which is unfortunate.

p.s. In case anyone's wondering: yes, I am an artist who works with fossil ivory, so this is a bit of a sore subject. Apoligies for this tirade... though if you had to explain why you were selling "ivory" to 5,000 Alaskan tourists every day, you'd be frustrated too. smilies/smiley.gif
Ebay only does things it believes will p
written by Charlotte, February 09, 2009
Nothing Ebay does is ever done for the good of anyone but ebay. Ask the former sellers on Ebay who have been "nudged" out by policies that only enrich ebay. Their latest is the tramadol fedex cod decree that no more checks and other forms of payment except Paypal and merchant accounts can be used and cialis mail order uk NOTHING ELSE CAN BE OFFERED. Now they say this was done in response to customers but most of the customers on Ebay like being able to pay by the method THEY prefer. What ebay assumed was that they would make venders use paypal as the only way to get paid but thankfully there were organizations such as propay that cater to the small business person so their paypal only bid didn't fly. I've watched Ebay become like every other BIG BUSINESS in the US that thinks they are the end all of everything. They double billed people 5 years ago driving many little mom and pop businesses out. They unilaterally seize paypal accounts (Ebay bought Paypal) holding the money ransom. All one has to lowest priced viagra do is budget viagra look at the numerous website that have sprung up protesting Ebay and first Meg and now the new heads methods. Soon the only thing you'll buy on ebay is big company goods.
written by sonya, April 18, 2009
why the hell do people poach the elephants??? put them to sleep for ten minutes and cut the tusks off no need to kill them..then no animals die and greedy people have their damn ivory.
written by Fred, June 26, 2009
Alot of these companies need to be more careful with everything that they do

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