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6 years ago

100_0027.jpg Elephants image by WillenSlasht

Hello to all here,

Just sharing a letter I received and signed, thought you all would like to know about it, many of you, I am sure, but I thought I would let you know anyway. I hope you all sign, let's save our beautiful elephant's tusks!

Namaste'

FreeSpiritRunning...xxxooo

Dear Michele,

An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed by poachers each year for their ivory.

Within a few weeks the fate of the world's remaining elephants will be determined by a dozen or more international representatives gathered around a table – the UK will be one of these representatives. This decision will determine whether China is permitted to be a buyer (a "trading partner") of over 100,000 kg / 108 tonnes of stockpiled ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. (Equivalent to ivory from approximately 10,000 elephants).

If China is granted permission to buy, and therefore trade this ivory, IFAW and other NGOs believe that it will cause huge increases in poaching, and will therefore spell disaster for thousands of elephants. 

We need YOUR HELP to maintain pressure on the UK to oppose China's request, and to protect elephants from this brutal trade.

Please send an email to the UK Minister for Biodiversity, Joan Ruddock MP, asking her to use her influence within the EU to oppose China's request.

If you have already emailed the Minister, or you want to do more to protect elephants, please send an email to your local MP, asking him or her to lobby the Minister directly on this matter, and also asking them to sign Early Day Motion 1401 - a kind of parliamentary petition - on the ivory trade. The more MPs that sign the EDM, the more this helps to raise the profile of this issue with the Government.
Please don't turn your back on elephants!

Thank you again for your kind support.

Robbie Marsland
Director, IFAW UK

WWF
7 years ago

Surely one of the greatest scams out there today...we buy into it because we so desperately want to believe that any organization that claims to be helping animals has no ulterior motives...



This post was modified from its original form on 06 Apr, 5:45
WWF & Elephants hunts - Pls spread the word about them
7 years ago

Elephants The WWF believes that culling—another way of saying “killing”—elephants is acceptable, as is the trade in ivory, because the profits that it brings spur governments to keep elephants from going extinct. In 2000, U.S. News & World Report reported that WWF representatives traveled to Nairobi to ask the United Nations to lift the ban on the ivory trade in order to allow a “sustainable harvest of ivory for horns and hunting trophies.” It's not just seals and elephants but all animals they feel are ok to hunt and test on. Vile bastards! from wickedwildlife website re: elephants culls: The WWF’s bizarre view—that we must kill some animals now in order to save animals to kill later—has proved false time and again. The trade in ivory has only encouraged rampant poaching, the senseless slaughter of elephants. The WWF tries to duck the issue by falsely stating, “The decision to cull, or to select animals from the herd for removal or death, is indeed an agonizing choice, but it is one made entirely by the governments concerned and there is no international involvement in those decisions.” James P. Leape, Director General WWF-International Ave. du Mont-Blanc 1196 Gland Switzerland Fax: 41 22 364 5468 E-Mail: jleape@wwfint.org Carter S. Roberts, President and CEO WWF-US 1250 24th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20037 Fax: 202- 778-9637 E-Mail: patricia.gvozdich@wwfus.org M.J. Russill, President and CEO WWF-Canada 245 Eglinton Ave. E., Ste. 410 Toronto, ON M4P 3J1 Fax: 416-489-3611 E-Mail: mrussill@wwfcanada.org

7 years ago

I am still amazed that WWF is awful! I wanted to read about it myself so I just tried googling WWF and finally when I plugged in WWF trophy hunters, I got to a PETA website with all the information:

http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/abuse.html

YUCK!

Anonymous
7 years ago

Staci is right, I got a email in 2007 about WWF selling out the rain forest to loggers, that did it for me.. I have not had any thing to do with them since then...

Anonymous
7 years ago

Hi Group, thank you for the invite Echo.... I need to understand something and am asking for your help... I went on ebay the other day, and they are still bidding on Ivory there, I looked around some of it does not say prebanned Is this not illegal, and also did ebay say they were going to quit allowing elephant products, yet still allowing this to continue how can one tell if a product is from a prebanned era, I know I am asking alot of questions, but really want to understand this Thank you Echo for putting up the petition from IFAW to ban Ivory Hugs, Birdie

WWF & seals & elephants
7 years ago

WWF is a bad group I believe was originally set up by trophy hunters. They support all kinds of hunts/culling of herds...Years ago a small chinese group needed $$ for a save the tiger program in china and asked WWF to donate. They only gave 10,000 (they have millions at their disposal) because they too were doing a year of the tiger and didn't want th pr competition. When I first heard about them I didn't believe it either. I wrote them about 12 yrs ago about deer hunting and they condoned it. Ever since I've been watching them. Many canadians support the seal cull because they look to WWF for leadership...They've gotten a bit more proactive over the years as their agenda has come to light. Don't know if they support the culling of S Africa elephants, I know they aren't activley fighting it - but then neither is Ringling Bros and they claim, well you know, the same BS about conservation.

WWF
7 years ago

I'm speechless!!! I've bought stuff out of the WWF catalogue for years to help the animals and now I'm shocked to find out they're allowing hunting and culling because they're not endangered species. HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE ACT AS THOUGH THEY'RE GOD AND MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE?

7 years ago

I hate to think that's what they used their feet for, Echo, but you might be right.  Makes me so sick.  I signed the ivory ban. 

TAKE ACTION
7 years ago

http://www.care2.com/news/member/794189242/696543

Your Voice Against the Trade of Ivory

ifaw.org
Stop the Trade of Ivory on Ebay and Worldwide! Take action now, and help save the Elephants...
7 years ago

You know.. looking at that ebay photo, I just remembered a photo I saw, here on c2 News about 1-2 yrs ago, of a slaughtered elephant with her feet cut off.  I wonder how many have been slain for stupid decor just in the past year.

7 years ago

That is BEYOND sick!? Who would want a coffee table made of ele feet, or any furniture made from animal parts?

7 years ago

Looks like the elephant tables have been removed from ebay but there's still alot of 'preban' ivory and mammoth ivory, even walrus

7 years ago

Your message has been sent to eBay customer Support.

7 years ago

That is sick. I reported it, I think. I didn't get a confirmation though. What should the last pg. have looked like?

ivory & elephant parts
7 years ago

Vile and disgusting. I reported that and the ivory jewelry listed. I report anything that says ivory even if it's 'vintage' or approved by fish & wildlife, make the seller prove it. http://jewelry.search.ebay.com/ivory-jewelry_Jewelry-Watches_W0QQcatrefZC6QQdfspZ32QQfposZ46077QQfromZR2QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ32QQftrtZ1QQftrvZ1QQsabfmtsZ1QQsacatZ281QQsadisZ200QQsaobfmtsZinsifQQsargnZQ2d1QQsaslcZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZbs Also before clicking send mark that you want a copy sent to your email to keep and track if ebay removes the site

7 years ago

that is sick!

SICK SICK SICK
7 years ago

SICK

http://cgi.ebay.com/AFRICAN-ELEPHANT-TRUNK-LAMP-LIGHT-UNIQUE-TROPHY_W0QQitemZ270218967303QQihZ017QQcategoryZ22702QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


To report illegal animal parts, go to bottom of auction, select

Report this item

then select, PROHIBITED, BANNED ITEMS, then ANIMAL PLATS, WILDLIFE; ITEMS CONTAINGING PARTS REGULATED SPECIES, then it will open a new page, click EMAIL US, then a new page with a box and the item number inside will appear, CLICK SEND.

 

7 years ago

Why doesn't eBay have a better system to stop sellers from putting ivory items up for bid?  If it's against their own rules, you'd think they would stop the auction before it's available on their site.  Just frustrating!     It's sickening to search for ivory and see all the items that come up. 



This post was modified from its original form on 17 Feb, 9:59

This post was modified from its original form on 17 Feb, 10:00
7 years ago
Thanks Echo, I just spent about 20 minutes reporting numerous elephant ivory items. There are a ton of Asian carved figurines. Disgusting.
7 years ago
To report items on ebay.

go to the Auction in question

Find REPORT THIS ITEM is at the bottom of the page on the left, second selection under OTHER OPTIONS, then select PROHIBITED (BANNED ITEMS ), then ANIMALS PLANTS WILDLIFE, then IVORY.

Then it takes you to a page that has a small link
EMAIL  click on that email link,

 a new box will come up with the item number in it.  Hit SEND

You will then get a confirmation email that the item was reported.

7 years ago
signed and forwarded!!
8 years ago

Signed.

8 years ago
More News to note



This post was modified from its original form on 07 Jun, 8:42
8 years ago
HSUS now has a new formal petition

Note and sign, please *note*

Protect Elephants: No Trade in Ivory! Please Sign the Petition!!! visit site

8 years ago

Yes, thanks for the eBay article Michael!

"eBay posts rules banning the sale of endangered species or wildlife products, but says that it cannot monitor all the items posted."

Since eBay doesn't have the time to monitor the items, we will!

8 years ago
Thanks for posting Michael. I'm thinking all our reports must of had an effect.
8 years ago

This is the correct website

http://www.wcs.org/savingelephants.

The other one is missing a period at the end. Both are from The National Geographic, March 2007. Both contribute money to elephants, this one however contributes directly to elephants, whereas the other one gets distributed across all wildlife (in America too, and less than $200,000  goes to elephants, so spillovers go to what they choose.)

8 years ago

Hey Juliaana,

I'm sure many of us would like to poach the poachers.

Here is a website for donations to Chad's Zakouma National Park. They do poach the poachers, legally.

http://fws.gov/international/afecf/afecf.htm



This post was modified from its original form on 06 Jun, 11:52

8 years ago
eBay poised to halt sale of ivory on its websites
by Marlowe Hood
 

"THE HAGUE (AFP) - Online auction giant eBay is set to ban ivory trade from its websites, as pressure mounts to eradicate illegal traffic in endangered species from the Internet, participants at the world forum regulating wildlife commerce said Tuesday."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070605/tc_afp/environmentspecies;_ylt=AplHsszBe8QTCD3ZEJQGrz0jtBAF

BOYCOTT
8 years ago

Please don't forget to take it to the next level by BOYCOTTING Ebay, alltogether!!!!!!!!!  I have for a few years now, since they were selling and auctioning of WHALE meat!  Do you remember that?  And other exocitic meats!  Disgusting and stupid acts of greed and crulety!  I won't have anything to do with purchasing products from such sites! Besides, I know much of the jewlery is a way for theives to fence their robberies without getting caught!  Well..........that's just a matter of time, too!  Let the Universe do her magic.................Blessings for all of you who NEVER GIVE UP helping ALL creatures any way you can.  Because one person.....................or a village, can make a differance!  Karen

Anonymous
Apology..
8 years ago

Apology for my above non-amusing slip of sanity. Sorry for that, I can't become just as bad as the opposing team.. even if it is in joke.

Have a wonderful week everyone and keep on reporting Ebay Elephant Ivory trade!

Anonymous
Hmmm
8 years ago

hehe... evil thoughts. ... Im soooooooo tempted to go to Thailand and poach the poachers! Would that be poaching? Illegal poaching of Elephant and Tiger poachers. Yes very illegal.. But wow do they deserve to be hunted! ...

Should leave it to thoughts.. just an amusing thought!

Anonymous
What?
8 years ago

http://stores.ebay.com/PARTNERS-LEATHER

This New York EBay seller is making the following statements in their Elephant leather Sales on EBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260123726974

:"Now that the ban has been lifted, Tony Lama is cranking out cowboy boots by the hundreds, and Uncle George has some legal genuine elephant for sale again."

Thanks for the links, Ive been reporting people the past week... Im very shocked at how blatent some people are about selling Elephant though.

8 years ago
This one seller gemspresentation has a lot of real ivory trinkets.
And they are making quite a pretty penny off it.
They need to be  reportered repeatedly for ebay to take action.

Plus dont forget what sylvie said, dont report anything that is not really ivory, this means taking the time to read the title and auction, if questionable.

THANKS EVERYONE
Let's boycott ivory!
8 years ago

There's no reason why we should ever buy ivory.  We do not need it.  These beutiful animals benefit us far more by being alive running around in their herds than their tusks do in our homes.

Anonymous
Small fish...
8 years ago

Im sure this person is just small fish compared to the overall Thailand black market of animal parts but here is there "store" in any case.

http://stores.ebay.com/Fishinglines

Freaky! ....I can't understand why anyone would purchase such evil products and support this madness.



This post was modified from its original form on 05 Jun, 6:56
Anonymous
WOW
8 years ago

This person on EBAY is located in THAILAND and is registered in the USA Ebay account.

They claim there Elephant Leather is from a legal source! Argh.. what a joke.. so Im all over this and searching for more however a bit worried that this person has sold  7008 items on Ebay, is in Thailand and has yet to be stopped.

Echo !
8 years ago
   At the moment I have resorted to plastic grocery bags, however, I think now I see a new lunch bag in my future.   Thanks for posting the TES bags!
Anonymous
LOL
8 years ago
Thanks for the Elephant Sanctuary bag link! I was about to purchase a WWF bag a few weeks ago and luckily didn't. 
8 years ago
Check out some of the comments here

http://www.care2.com/news/member/100016006/390531?saved=1

I see our very own Rob Faber is at the conference now, trying to stop this.

But are any ZOOS speaking out against this?? NO!!! Why it could mean bringing in more orphaned baby elephants to their zoos, even if illegally.
Zoos who really care should be taking action against this as they "claim" to be helping elephants in the wild.  What rubbish!
8 years ago
Mili




This post was modified from its original form on 03 Jun, 19:08
8 years ago
Marcy, may I recommend a new bag for your lunch?

THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY TOTE BAG WITH BLUE LOGO 14” X 19”
THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY TOTE BAG WITH GREEN LOGO 14” X 19”


THE "JENNY" TOTE BAG

Sanctuary Tote Bags




Hi there!
8 years ago

Hi there!

 Thanks to all of you for your efforts to stop this cruelty.

 Hopefully, we'll get our voice heard.  

WWF
8 years ago

I had no idea about the WWF!    I have 2 of their canvas bags that I use on a daily basis to tot my lunch in to work.  

Terrible that this decision was made, I am disappointed and sad about it.

8 years ago

It really is unbelievable!!! GRRRRR! It makes me furious! CITES did a BIG mistake!!!!!!

and do not support WWF, they support hunting:

http://www.wickedwildlifefund.com/abuse.html

8 years ago
And its also unreal that the WWF supported this!!!!
Infuriating!
Letters sent today
8 years ago

I sent emails to the contacts listed in Echo's post.

I hope I am not too late.  I noticed on the CITES calendar that there's a meeting today...but also another on in two weeks. 

Ivory is only attractive on an elephant!



This post was modified from its original form on 02 Jun, 14:41
8 years ago

That is an incredibly sad picture, Echo.  That's all they care about from such a majestic creature....makes me furious.

I will start getting letters out to those noted in above posts immediately.     

8 years ago
CITES to Study Species Over-Exploitation

Please note this story, get it at the top, so more people can get writing. CITES meets in June.

 
Anonymous
8 years ago
Thank you Robert.
once again here is more, CITES info this is critical and time sensitive
8 years ago
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT Tuesday, 9:52 PM

HOW TO HELP

SUPPORT A CONTINUED BAN ON TRADE IN IVORY:

The United Nation’s Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITE meets again this June to vote on whether to allow the sale of ivory. Elephants continue to die in large numbers for the sake or ornamentation.

Please contact
the US Fish and Wildlife Service or your home country CITES representative, and the CITES Secretariat
and ask for a complete ban on the trade in ivory. Without a market, poachers will not be encouraged to
kill elephants. Even the hope of a market spurs expanded poaching. This complete ban is critically
important to the survival of elephants in the wild in Africa and Asia. Your advocacy is important.

CONTACT:
• CITES Secretariat: 15, Chemin des Anemones -- Case Postale 456, CH-1219 -- Chatlelaine –
Geneva, Switzerland. PHONE: 4122-979-9139-40, FAX: 4122-797-3417, EMAIL: cites@unep.ch, info@cites.org

• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -- 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 432 -- Arlington, Virginia 22203
Contact web-page: http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

source:


http://www.owens-foundation.org/index.html

Please write to CITES in addition to the ebay reporting.




8 years ago

"The elephant contributes 25 percent to our GDP. If that is not important, I don't know what is important to Kenyans," Kenya Wildlife Service Managing Director Julius Kipngetich told a Kenyan radio station on Sunday.

Experts say 70 percent of Africa's elephant population is found in seven southern African countries, where some officials say populations are growing at between 4 and 5 percent a year.

But Rudi van Aarde, a conservation and ecology expert at the University of Pretoria, said most elephant populations are either declining or stable, and may not warrant culling.

"If Botswana and Namibia are basing their argument for trade in ivory on the intention of managing their populations, then that is a false call.

8 years ago
JOHANNESBURG - Debate over a proposed 20-year ivory trade ban has split African countries between those who want to protect the beloved elephant and others who say elephant populations have grown at an unsustainable rate.


A proposal by Kenya and Mali to ban ivory trading for up to 20 years is expected to take centre stage at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITE conference starting in The Hague on June 3.

The plan, opposed by four southern African countries, has the support of 11 other central and east African countries and animal welfare groups, which say a ban is needed to protect endangered elephants.

In 2006 alone, experts estimate as many as 23,000 African elephants were illegally killed.

"We believe that a moratorium will lead to suppressing demand (for elephant tusks)," Jason Bell, southern Africa director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), said in a recent news briefing in Johannesburg.

"It will allow sufficient time to tighten up enforcement and bring illegal ivory trade and domestic markets under control."

Up to 92 cases of large scale ivory seizures of more than 1 metric tonne -- considered a major seizure -- are reported worldwide each month, according to the IFAW.

The Elephant Trade Information System, the world's largest database of elephant product seizure records, says more than 40 tonnes of ivory have been seized since August 2004.

But some southern African countries argue exploding elephant populations have led to environmental damage and conflicts with human populations that are encroaching on their territory, and have dismissed emotional appeals to abstain from killing them.

Zimbabwe's Parks and Wildlife Authority recently said its elephant population had soared to over 100,000 -- more than twice the 45,000 they say the country can support.

Environment and Tourism minister Francis Nhema told the national Herald newspaper this week a ban on ivory trading would "be disastrous".

"The country will lose US$40 million in revenue. ... Moreover, at least 10 to 15 rural councils in this country greatly benefit from these elephants as they construct schools and roads with proceeds from the utilisation of those resources," Nhema said.


PRIDE AND PROFITS

Elephants are the pride of many across the African continent, where they are protected as totems among some cultures and as treasured tourist attractions in others.

Ivory sales have been banned internationally since 1989, but Bell said a 1997 CITES decision to allow once-off ivory sales by Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia increased black market demand for ivory and put elephants in grave danger.

The opening heightened demand in the Far East in particular, where illicit ivory rakes in up to US$850 per kilogram. The ivory is mostly used in jewellery, figurines and tourist trinkets.

The Ivory Trade Review Group -- a panel of experts set down to advise CITES on ivory trade and elephant conservation -- estimated that more than 300,000 African elephants were killed on the continent between 1986 and 1989.

This left only 625,000 elephants on the continent.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' African Elephant Status Report 2002 states there are approximately between 400,000 and 650,000 African elephants in the wild today.

Both Kenya and Mali say their bid for a moratorium is based on evidence of a jump in poaching and illicit ivory trading.



This post was modified from its original form on 30 May, 14:53
hi all
8 years ago
Karen, I forgot to tell you something ok sorry but here it is  ( I' AM  PROUDE OF YOU ) and everone to lets all  keep up the good work and, I am here to help in anyway that,I'am needed at anytime
Anonymous
8 years ago
i dont understand people either. greed, sin, greed, power, greed etc..
Hello all
8 years ago
ok if they dont stop lets see if there ain't something we all can do to help them stop ok what is wrong with people
8 years ago

Yay Kim..the more auctions reported(by many people) the more ebay will have to follow regualtions more closely.

It will be hard to convince them to stop all auctions with ivory in title or description.. Please be aware that anything listed as "French Ivory" is NOT real ivory, it is all man made, the celluloid items are sometimes listed as ivory as well.ivory can also be used to describwe a color.

If we report auctions that as not from animals( elephant,rhino and walrus) sellers will complain.

This is a great campaign!!!! Complain to ebay and DEMAND that any auction listed with elephant ivory be removed and suspend the sellers!!!

Anonymous
8 years ago
i got a response back pretty quickly from the bucket website that was selling the ivory boat. they said who are they and give us their i.d.. then i had to say..sorry this has already been reported and they are off the website. lol  silly me.. 
Hello all
8 years ago
its good to know there are people that care enough like we do, I'am so happy about that thank you all
8 years ago
Karen I searched ivory and then I selected jewellery. I report the item as per Echo's earlier insrtructions. I don't know how to report the stupid guy selling the stupid boat though. This selling of ivory is so stupid.
Hello all
8 years ago
thanks you for doing it
Anonymous
8 years ago
oh
Anonymous
8 years ago
i have just reported this woman lindah9994 for photobucket asking them to take this item and others off of their website. 
8 years ago
if you cant find THAT item, its already been removed, there are still 2000 more ivory items that needs to be reported and removed. keep it up everyone. Ebay doesnt know unless its reported and they will remove it.

This post was modified from its original form on 30 May, 11:56
Anonymous
8 years ago
CAN WE REPORT THE PERSON ABOVE?? THAT IS SELLING THE STUPID BOAT??
Anonymous
8 years ago
I TRIED ROBERT, BUT WHEN I WENT TO THE EBAY SITE I COULD NOT FIND IT.  KEPT TAKING ME SOMEWHERE ELSE ON THEIR SITE.
Hello all
8 years ago
this disquisting theres got to be away to stop this
8 years ago

DISGUSTING!!!!

8 years ago
This is absolutely shocking. I thought ivory was illegal in North America. I reported so many items, but there is so much ivory for sale. It is truly sad. Some of the ivory merchandise is advertised very clearly as elephant ivory. The poor elephants Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
IMPORTANT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
8 years ago

HOW TO HELP

SUPPORT A CONTINUED BAN ON TRADE IN IVORY:

The United Nation’s Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITE meets again this June to vote on whether to allow the sale of ivory. Elephants continue to die in large numbers for the sake or ornamentation.

Please contact
the US Fish and Wildlife Service or your home country CITES representative, and the CITES Secretariat
and ask for a complete ban on the trade in ivory. Without a market, poachers will not be encouraged to
kill elephants. Even the hope of a market spurs expanded poaching. This complete ban is critically
important to the survival of elephants in the wild in Africa and Asia. Your advocacy is important.

CONTACT:
• CITES Secretariat: 15, Chemin des Anemones -- Case Postale 456, CH-1219 -- Chatlelaine –
Geneva, Switzerland. PHONE: 4122-979-9139-40, FAX: 4122-797-3417, EMAIL: cites@unep.ch, info@cites.org

• U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service -- 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 432 -- Arlington, Virginia 22203
Contact web-page: http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

source:

http://www.owens-foundation.org/index.html

Anonymous
8 years ago
8 years ago
This ivory issue is ongoing and needs to be constantly monitored and tackled.

CITES

ENVIRONMENT-JAPAN:
Sealing the Elephant's Fate With 'Hanko'
Suvendrini Kakuchi

TOKYO, May 29 (IP - Even as the world awaits a global ban on trade in elephant ivory, activists are fighting hard to stop a new shipment of ivory to Japan and the introduction of tougher domestic controls.



A highlight of the Conference of Parties for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, scheduled for Jun. 3 - 16, at the Hague, the Netherlands is a Kenyan proposal for a 20-year ban on the trade in elephant ivory.

''Japan's lax controls will continue to make it an attractive destination for ivory traders. Without effective controls, Japan is a direct threat to the elephant population in Africa,'' said Masayuki Sakamoto, a lawyer and head of the Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWC, a leading non-profit organisation advocating against the ivory trade.

Under a 2002 agreement, a one-off sale of 60 tons of ivory is now officially destined for Japan by the CITES as the only legal ivory-importing country.

But Sakamoto points to new cases of smuggled ivory into Japan as proof of a lucrative underground trade and says new rules are urgently required. He suggests new measures such as allowing offenders to be identified and the pressing of criminal charges.

Sakamoto says a data base on shipments under the ministry of economy and trade, in charge of imports, does not allow a system to gather sufficient information to verify imports of whole tusks that are used to produce pieces of ivory usually dispatched to Japan.

Conservationists are also protesting against rules that say people are not required to register all raw tusks in their possession, affording a loophole for buyers who can claim that tusks procured through smugglers were in their possession before the worldwide ban.

African raw ivory is highly sought after in Japan where the thick, cream coloured tusks have long been used to produce expensive, intricately-carved corporate seals or personal signature stamps that are used to validate documents, instead of hand signatures.

Most of the raw ivory stock notified to the government is monopolised by a small number of influential manufacturers. Craftsmen seek large and thick whole tusks that can be imported, if registered with the government, for production of the most delicate carvings.

The ivory seals (hanko in Japanese), continue to be items coveted by the rich and thus remain a lucrative item for seal makers in Japan. High value seals can cost 20,000 US dollars per piece or more.

Fumiko Nakao, an official at the environment ministry, rejected claims by activists, pointing out the decision to resume imports is mostly to help the conservation efforts of African countries with elephant populations.

‘'Japan is committed to use only legal ivory. Our regulations are strictly enforced, which is why smuggled ivory is discovered at our ports,'' she said.

Sakamoto, however, says his organisation after painstaking research conducted with the help of volunteers discovered that illegal ivory seizures grew rapidly last year -- six cases of raw ivory in 2006 alone compared to less than one the previous year.

A particularly shocking seizure was that of a 2.8 ton consignment of ivory seals and cut pieces in Osaka in August, the largest one so far. The ivory was unloaded off a commercial container arriving from Pusan, South Korea and transferred to the port city, home to the oldest hanko industry.

Inspections by JWCS revealed Swahili markings on the tusks. The shipment was routed through Malaysia and South Korea. Activists also say the contraband was traded by people linked to criminal syndicates in South Korea and Japan that have strong connections with the ivory manufacturers.

A spokesman for the Japan Ivory Crafts Association based in Asakusa, a part of Tokyo traditionally home to craftsmen, refused to answer questions on the trade, but said the organisation is against illegal imports.

‘'We are faced with a lot of hardship because of the ivory ban which has caused a loss in new apprenticeship as people see no future in the industry. Thus, we are eagerly awaiting the new shipment to be passed in June at CITES meeting,'' he said while requesting anonymity.

The latest expected shipment of 60 tonnes is from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa under the CITES agreement.

Activists also worry that the rising economic power of China, another country where people use personal seals, can increase smuggling activity and cause a serious blow to the world's elephant populations, particularly in Africa.

Hideo Obara, a respected biologist and conservationist who is also a leading advocate in the campaign for Japan to stop whaling, says he is worried the ivory issue will once again put Japan in a bad spotlight.

‘'Like whaling, ivory can easily be seen as an issue of national pride. Hanko can easily be made from cheaper and sustainable material. By looking for quotas in order to keep the old custom of using ivory for hanko that is going on in Japan, conservation is being ignored,'' he said. (END/2007)

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=37930
Anonymous
8 years ago
poor marcy..  that is ok..  i cant seem to find it at all.. keeps bringing me to a screen that says forbidden items. 
8 years ago
At that point you have to click EMAIL US. Then it automatically puts in the item number and you just hit send.. Sorry for not explaining that in detail!
8 years ago
OMG - I am so sorry for the repeated posts!!     I did not mean to do that.  I had trouble posting it ONCE and it looks like it went haywire.
8 years ago

I'm attempting to do this and followed the instructions.  But I don't think my reports are going through.  I get this screen:

Contact Us1. Select a category 2. Select a subtopicGet an answer

These related Help pages may answer your question:

Contact Customer Support  Email us with your question or concern.

8 years ago

I'm attempting to do this and followed the instructions.  But I don't think my reports are going through.  I get this screen:

Contact Us1. Select a category 2. Select a subtopicGet an answer

These related Help pages may answer your question:

Contact Customer Support  Email us with your question or concern.

8 years ago

I'm attempting to do this and followed the instructions.  But I don't think my reports are going through.  I get this screen:

Contact Us1. Select a category 2. Select a subtopicGet an answer

These related Help pages may answer your question:

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Re: [Elephant Lovers] Ebay Ivory Trade Killing off Elephants
8 years ago
I will work on reporting these auctions tonight ************************************** See what's free at www.aol.com.
8 years ago
I am all over this!!  Thanks for letting us know. 
Anonymous
Great idea!
8 years ago
Great idea to search and report the Ivory, thanks for letting us all know about Ivory on EBay, I previously have reported to EBay Elephant skin bags!!! So I will go look now for the Ivory and report them, however people should also be on the look out for designer bags made from elephant listed on EBay along with other rare animals all coming out of China (but now located worldwide) people trying to pass it off as legal and authentic designer labels ARGH! If only people realized what they are purchasing.

This post was modified from its original form on 23 May, 8:58
8 years ago
The REPORT THIS ITEM is at the bottom of the page on the left, second selection under OTHER OPTIONS, then select PROHIBITED (BANNED ITEMS ), then ANIMALS PLANTS WILDLIFE, then IVORY.

What really gets me is if you type ivory in the search it give all kinds of catagories it goes under. Ebay needs to remove any subcatagories and IVORY from its listing catagories at all. It needs to STOP anyone who tries to list the word IVORy right when they are in the process of listing it int he first place. GRRRR


Anonymous
8 years ago
good idea Echo.. i'll do that now
8 years ago
One way to help is go to ebay.com, type IVORY in the search bar and go to the auctions and click on REPORT THIS ITEM.. Lets SLAM them with reports!
E-BAY
8 years ago
AS LONG AS E-BAY INVOLVES ITSELF IN SELLING EXOTIC ANIMALS, PUPPIES, AND NOW IVORY..THEY WON'T SEE ME  ON THEIR LINE AGAIN.
Ivory Trade Killing off Elephants
8 years ago

Let us banned ebay for this selling Ivory Trade Killing off these elephants.Man need to leave these elephants alone. These elephants belongs to God not man by destroying animals or selling animals parts etc...

EBAY
8 years ago
Gladly took that action.  I will never make a purchase through E-Bay so long as they allow this to happen and am encouraging everyone I know to do the same.
8 years ago
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=474&Aid=8592&msource=DR070505001&tr=y&auid=2690473

This is the link for taking action.


Please sign and cross post everywhere.







This post was modified from its original form on 19 May, 9:53
8 years ago
Notes to Editors:

-- (1) The survey was carried out over seven days in all countries except
China. The Chinese survey took place over four days. In the USA the
number of items found under "ivory" was so large that the real number
of elephant ivory was not possible to assess, only 90 items where
randomly chosen instead for detailed investigation to assess the
situation.
-- (2) In some countries only items defined as antiques may be traded; in
others so-called "pre-convention" items, which are not that old but
became personal property before elephants gained full legal protection,
may be sold. The report "Poaching for Bin Laden," details activity
occurring in Kaziranga Park, in India perpetrated by Bangladeshis with
ties to bin Laden. The Telegraph of India covered this report in a
story published on May 6, 2007. Other reports of similar activity
refer to incidents in the DRC and Mozambique (to name a few), where
rebel gangs were financing their activities by selling poached ivory.
-- Wildlife trade on the Internet -- and ivory trade in particular -- will
be a major topic at the upcoming June meeting of the Conference of the
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
(CITE in Den Hague.
-- In 2005 IFAW published a report, Caught In The Web: Wildlife Trade On
The Internet, revealing the findings of an intensive investigation into
the online trade in wildlife. The study found more than 9,000 wild
animals and animal products for sale in just one week, a figure all the
more alarming since the survey was conducted solely from the UK and
restricted to trade in just five categories of endangered species: live
primates, elephant products, turtle and tortoiseshell products, other
reptile products and those from wild cats.
-- Caught in the Web can be viewed at http://www.caughtintheweb.co.uk
-- Bidding for Extinction can be viewed at
http://www.ifaw.org/us/biddingforextinction

SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare

Ebay Ivory Trade Killing off Elephants - TAKE ACTION
8 years ago
| Blue Label
Bidding for Extinction: Rampant Ivory Trade on eBay Threatens Elephant Survival

To: ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS

Contact: Lynn A. Levine of IFAW, +1-508-744-2185, llevine@ifaw.org or Alyson Mazzarelli, +1-212-255-8455, alyson@rosengrouppr.com for IFAW

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass., May 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An investigative report released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; http://www.ifaw.org) reveals how the rampant trade in elephant ivory being carried out across eBay's global network of auction sites is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world's largest land mammal.

The snapshot survey conducted in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the USA (1) tracked over 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay Web sites and found that more than 90% of the listings breached even eBay's own respective national wildlife policies.

While international wildlife trade laws are complex, in general it is illegal to sell carved or uncarved ivory unless it is antique and accompanied by a proof of age certificate. (2)

On eBay, however, many sellers are being allowed simply to list items with no provenance of legality whatsoever, in blatant contravention of the rules on most eBay Web sites. Worse, eBay's enforcement of their largely vague and variable listing rules appears to be haphazard and hopelessly overstrained. Very few of the suspected illegal items reported by IFAW investigators to eBay during the snapshot survey were removed from sale.

IFAW believes that the only way to protect elephants from poachers is to shut down the markets where illegal ivory can easily be passed off as "antique. "The Internet is an unregulated and anonymous medium which gives criminals ample opportunity to launder contraband undetected," says Peter Pueschel, IFAW's Program Manager for Protection of Wildlife Against Commercial Trade Program. "Constant offers of contraband give a sense of legitimacy to seemingly innocent products and invite consumers to buy frivolously. This deadly business of ivory, which involves the killing of thousands of elephants every year, is on the increase because of the prospects for sky high profits with zero risk."

IFAW believes that as the world's largest online shop window, eBay has a special responsibility to lead the way by banning ivory from its sites. "Only a global ban on all ivory sales will remove the cover under which this criminal activity currently operates and as a result, seriously help to decrease illegal trade and the cruel and unnecessary slaughter of elephants," Comments Pueschel.

Last week IFAW met with eBay global headquarters to present the findings of 'Bidding for Extinction' and welcomed assurances that a review of wildlife policies on a global scale will take place over the coming weeks.

While an internal review of policy by eBay represents a step in the right direction, it remains uncertain how strict and efficient the resulting policy will be to eliminate the massive illegal trade from eBay Web sites. "This is a chance for eBay to substantiate the company's claim of being not only a leader economically, but also a responsible member of society", says Pueschel. "While we welcome any efforts that decreases trade in ivory, our investigation has shown once again that it is impossible to sufficiently police the market sites on a global scale unless wildlife trade is banned completely."

The illegal international trade in wildlife is believed to reach well into the billions of US dollars annually -- a nefarious activity that is second in scope only to the international trade in drugs and arms. Reports in the media also indicate that the poaching of wildlife is now being driven by terrorists to raise money for their activities.

"Unless a market site owner undertakes every effort to eliminate this devastating wildlife trade, it must plead guilty to facilitating this dirty business knowingly. While eBay has taken positive steps over the last years, these have not brought desired results. We are now waiting to hear whether they will ban the trade in all ivory on all of their sites, which is the simplest, most cost-effective and efficient way of ensuring they play no part in this criminal trade. Elephants are facing extinction, in no small part because of Internet ivory trade. It is time for action," concluded Pueschel.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20070517/pl_usnw/bidding_for_extinction__rampant_ivory_trade_on_ebay_threatens_elephant_survival


http://www.ifaw.org/us/biddingforextinction

SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare