Personal letter to Webmaster
Tell eBay to stop all ivory auctions
Did you know that thousands of animal and wildlife products
made from endangered species are bought and sold over the Internet every day?
IFAW investigations have uncovered some shocking wildlife
offers online: wild leather and fur handbags, shoes and clothes from endangered
reptiles, rhinoceros horn trophies, an alarming number of items made from ivory
and much more.
As the largest Internet marketplace for ivory sales, eBay is
directly and indirectly assisting the illegal trade in wildlife as well as the
poachers who create it.
Demand that eBay end illegal wildlife offers from its
auction sites immediately
Increasingly, illegal wildlife products are distributed
online as the means by which the illicit trade in wildlife is conducted. This
enables illegal trade at tremendous speeds to go completely unchecked: a trade
so great that it is now estimated to be second only to illegal trafficking in
drugs and weapons.
IFAW recently conducted an in-depth survey of ivory products
for sale on eBay. During a one week investigation of eight eBay sites, a
whopping 2,275 ivory items were found. More than 94% of these ivory items did
not comply with eBay’s own stated standards and the remaining 6% were most
There is no single, well-defined, consistent global eBay
policy governing the listing of ivory on its various national web sites. Each
national eBay site has its own rules, almost all of which are vague. Illegal
items taken down in one country can easily be reposted or accessed on another
eBay country website.
Fueling the poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia
The illegal wildlife trade is a lucrative business for
poachers that encourages them to kill more animals. More than 20,000 elephants
are killed annually today to supply these illegal ivory markets. Although much
of this ivory is still sold through traditional markets, the killing won’t stop
until the vast online outlets for ivory are shut down.
As the largest seller of illegal ivory on the Internet, eBay
needs to ban sales of ivory globally on all its sites and strictly enforce such
a ban. The trade in ivory is cruel and unsustainable. eBay must take action to
ensure it plays no part in this ongoing tragedy for elephants.
eBay has expressed its commitment to a global policy on the
ivory trade and a willingness to work closely with IFAW on drafting such a
policy and its enforcement. But words are not enough.
Please take a moment to send a letter to eBay corporate
headquarters urging e-Bay to enforce a complete global ban on
Thank you for speaking out,
President and CEO
P.S. eBay must accept responsibility for the impact that trade
in wild animal products on its sites is having on the world’s wildlife.
Please tell eBay in your own words why allowing the
sale of illegal wildlife products is wrong.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Dear Commissioner Goodell,
Please immediately suspend Michael Vick from
the NFL for his
alleged involvement in dogfighting. Vick's
recent indictment by
a federal grand jury for crimes related to
dogfighting is a
certain sign that you must treat this matter
of extreme cruelty to dogs who didn't
"perform" to the fighters'
satisfaction only add to the disgrace Vick
brings to the NFL.
Dogfighting is cruel and criminal, and
football players must be
held accountable like anyone else. Please
immediately--anything less would reflect
very badly on your
judgment, and on the league.
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from Michael Vick's property.
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