Sunday, 7 June 2015

Preloved bans ivory sales

The second-hand online marketplace Preloved has banned the sale of all ivory on its website, a move welcomed by animal welfare charity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“The decision to ban ivory sends a strong message to Preloved’s two million users and the wider world that when there is no more demand for ivory products, there will be no value in obtaining raw ivory,” said UK Director of IFAW, Philip Mansbridge. “More than 100,000 elephants have lost their lives to ivory poachers in the past three years alone.”

Antique worked ivory (pre-1947) that was traded into the UK before the international ban in 1989, is legal to trade within the UK along with proof of provenance. However, due to growing demands for raw ivory within the current global commercial markets, Preloved has made the decision to ban the sale of ivory. The classified ad site has taken measures to update its advert moderation process and tighten its regulations as part of the ban, including dedicating time to review all suspect ivory adverts.

Along with updating its advert moderation processes as part of the ivory ban on site, Preloved has also taken the opportunity to tighten up its regulations for other species protected under CITES law. Animal parts from any species listed as endangered are not permitted for sale on Preloved. The site has reviewed its processes and taken measures to tighten up regulatory processes accordingly.

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