Ebay has agreed to ban all sales of ivory on its site. Ebay came to this decision with some help from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the World Wildlife Fund, Humane Society of the United States and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The global ban will commence on Jan. 1, 2009. Happy New Year.
EBay’s decision came just before the release of IFAW’s latest investigative report indicating that online trading in wildlife poses a serious and immediate threat to the survival of elephants and many other endangered species.
EBay's in-house blogger Richard Brewer-Hay said, "However, given the complexities of the global ivory trade, and the distinct and unique characteristics of the eBay Marketplace, the sale of any ivory on our site continued to be a concern within the company... 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. "