IFAW Response To Etsy's New Policy On Wildlife Trade

Jul 23, 2013, 10:35 ET from International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW Statement: Jeff Flocken, North America Director

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congratulations to Etsy for stepping up to the plate in prohibiting the sale of ivory and all other products made from endangered species.  By reconsidering its wildlife policies, Etsy joins eBay as a leader in saving wildlife on the web.  eBay voluntarily banned all animal ivory from its sites globally in 2008 after the release of the IFAW investigative report, Killing with Keystrokes.  Now other web platforms like Craigslist, Bonanza and Google Shop should follow suit and do the same.  Just last week on these three sites IFAW found ivory, live parrots and tortoises, monkey bone, and even rhino horn, all available for sale.  We hope that these websites will follow the example of Etsy and eBay and move quickly to put an end to the illicit wildlife trade occurring on-line.

To view and download a full copy of Killing With Keystrokes:  http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/node/900

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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare