Ebay in joint cooperation with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will impose a worldwide ban on sale of ivory products at their sites.
Recently IFAW published a report on the status of ivory business in the world and found that about two-thirds of the global trade took place in eBay sites. The animal protection group reported that poachers killed more than 2,000 elephants in Africa and Asia annually to meet the burgeoning demand for ivory products.
Some use ivory for ornamental purposes, while others like China use it for medicinal purposes.
Despite the worldwide ban on sale of ivory products since 1989, there is still a huge demand for them.
Ebay after consulting with IFAW decided to impose a ban at their sites beginning January 1, 2009. It will not allow any sellers to sell ivory products.
Jack Christin, senior regulatory counsel for eBay released a press statement:
"Due to the unique nature of eBay's global online marketplace and the complexity surrounding the sale of ivory, we decided to ban the sale of ivory on eBay. We appreciate the support from the IFAW in assisting us and we look forward to continuing to work with them on the implementation of the global ban. Like the IFAW, ultimately we feel this is the best way to protect the endangered and protected species from which a significant portion of ivory products are derived."
Ebay should have imposed this ivory ban a long time ago, but it is better late than never.