eBay bans ivory sales to protect endangered elephants

@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
October 22, 2008 2:20pm CST
[i]The online auction site eBay has promised to ban ivory sales after investigators found thousands of items made from elephant tusks on sale. Conservationists welcomed the move, saying it was a vital step to protecting vulnerable populations of elephants in Asia and Africa. In a report published yesterday, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said it had found 4000 ivory trinkets for sale on the internet around the globe. They included a complete pair of elephant tusks sold for $21,000 on eBay.[/i] I wholeheartedly agree with this decision. I believe that ivory items should not have been allowed in the first place. I am against endangering protected wildlife.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
17 Nov 08
People will just go and find other sites that will sell them they are many sites like eBay but not with their morals. I am glad that they banned the sell of the Ivory. Now if they can just clean it up and take a few more things off their..like people selling their virginity and other stuff of the same.
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
28 Oct 08
As an Animal Rights Advocate it makes me feel very good inside to read this. I hope that eBay sticks to it's word and just doesn't say it to get the sympathy of the people thereby making more sales. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
23 Oct 08
I share your views and I want to add that promising to ban ivory sales is not enough. They should do it as fast as possible, and I'll salute this move then.
@HeZP_CHN (168)
• China
23 Oct 08
I can't agree more. quit a right decistion. we have responsibility to protect endangering wildlife. hope more useful measures put forward and took effect
@rkrish (3003)
• India
23 Oct 08
Thou i am not a animal lover but i am very much interested in saving the lifes and protecting the precious things as well. So i am agree with the discussion and my vote not to make those out of precious things. And even killing animals for money is also worst and its like fooling ourselves when we own it.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
23 Oct 08
I agree with the decision wholeheartly. I love ivory and feel that we should be allowed to buy the items. However, I know that elephants are being killed or injured just for the tusks so we have to do something to control the killing of them. If it means we limit the sales of ivory, then that is what we have to do. I believe there should be many regulations on the sale of animal skins,tusks,etc. Our wildlife is an important part of our nature and we need to preserve it the best that we can.
@ssj3goku (113)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Kudoos to Ebay! that's great that such a large company is actually caring about the effects of poaching on the environment. Wow I am extremely surprised, most of the news I have gotten wind of for a while now has just been negative in nature and made me angry. This is great! good for ebay, I hope to make a purchase using the site very soon.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
22 Oct 08
Totally agree with you, ronaldinu! If there was no demand for ivory, these beautiful animals wouldn't be slaughtered anymore! It's a heinous crime, and should be outlawed immediately. There are many man made alternatives to ivory - there's absolutely no need for this abomination!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu! I totally agree! I hope they fine the people too! I wouldn't even mind if they arrested them! I think that is disgusting to kill or hurt the animals just to get their tusks for the sake of their own gain! Ivory is beautiful, but let the elephants wear it for God's sake! If you want to take it wait for them to die naturally! Why do you have to harm a living breathing creature! I do hope that they can be protected! I am against killing animals for the sake of furs and things that are not necessary! I can barely stand the though of them being killed for food at this point!
22 Oct 08
Hi ronaldinu, I think those people who goes round killing elephants should be killed as well, and also people sellings these items should be heaveyly fine. I think it is so disgusting. Tamara
@littleowl (7157)
22 Oct 08
Hi ronald...the ivory poachers should be killed...am sorry but our wild animals-elephants and rhinos should be left alone--I am totally against the ivory trade they are killing elephants and rhino's for rheir own benifits and making them nearly extinct especially the black rhino...I agree with you entirly..the whole ivory trade is totally wrong...blessed be littleowl
@Humbug25 (12551)
22 Oct 08
Hi ya ronaldinu I am surprised by this that ebay allowed the sales of these items in the first place. I mean they wouldn't allow people to sell arms on there would they? N because it is illegal (and because of other reasons obviously), the sale of ivory is also illegal so why would ebay have allowed this? Odd
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
22 Oct 08
i agree but i bet half the people selling them didn't think of it that way. when i was selling on ebay i don't think i would have.
@cpersam (42)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I totally agree, many of the sales of ivory come from militant poachers that funds their activities. I saw a program on Discovery or Nat.Geo a while ago... it was sad.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I agree with this decision. The more restriction we put on the sale of body parts of endangered species the less attractive it will become for poachers to hunt down these animals for their tusks etc. It will never stop the practice completely but it will slow it down. I suspect also a lot of these items on e-bay are stuff that people inherited and were acquired by relatives befor there was an international ban on importing them.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Oct 08
I agree with this decision too ronaldinu. The harder they make it for everyday people to gain access to ivory products the further underground it goes. They will never wipe it out completely but at least removing it from mainstream markets such as ebay is a positive step forward.