eBay Bans Ivory Sales Worldwide
1It’s been well over a year since eBay wascriticized by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). At the time, the IFAW found over 2,000 ivory items for sale on eBay.
On Monday, eBay announced it was banning all ivory sales, worldwide. As Richard Brewer-Hay said in the announcement:
In reviewing this issue, eBay has consulted with a number of organizations, including World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the United States, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The team concluded that we simply canâ€™t ensure that ivory listed for sale on eBay is in compliance with the complex regulations that govern its sale. So, to protect our buyers and sellers, as well as animals in danger of extinction, eBay has decided to institute a global ban on the sale of all types of ivory. This global ban will be effective January 1, 2009.
It should be noted that this comes in the wake of the IFAW’s new report, Killing with Keystrokes: An Investigation of the Illegal Wildlife Trade on the World Wide Web which once again damned eBay.
The new report noted that while last year eBay instituted a policy banning on cross-border sales of elephant ivory products that policy has failed:
Yet a year after the announcement of the ban, eBay was found responsible for 83% of all ivory identified by investigators and a full 63% of all trade in this investigation, a significant amount of which shipped internationally.
Upon hearing the news, IFAW said they will strictly monitor eBay to ensure the ban is in place and successful.
Congratulations for doing the right thing, eBay.