Target: eBay CEO John Donahoe and Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster
Goal: End the trafficking of hunting trophies on online platforms.
Rhinos, elephants, lions and hundreds of other exotic animals are being threatened by Internet marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist. These platforms reach a large audience worldwide and still provide avenues for wildlife trafficking.
In the wake of the highly publicized death of Cecil the lion, several companies and governments are taking stern measures to conserve species that are on the brink of extinction. Some major airlines have already stopped transporting big game “trophies” while others have promised to implement a similar ban in the future. However, major internet players eBay and Craigslist have not come out to announce their position. These two companies still provide a convenient avenue for trafficking hunting “trophies.”
On eBay, interested buyers can look at the auction platform and search for these items with ease. On the other hand, Craigslist users can click under classifieds and search for goods on sale without any regulation. With buyers being given easy access, these companies perpetuate the practice of obtaining and selling hunting trophies.
These online marketplaces have made it difficult to control wildlife trafficking because of their complicated and secretive nature. Even though other popular digital trading platforms have adopted strict rules to curb the illegal trade, these two have weak regulations. Worse, enforcing laws on these digital platforms has become difficult because of their complex way of operation. For this reason, traffickers continue to use these Internet-based channels to run their business.
eBay and Craigslist should consider making it illegal to sell or auction lion parts or any other hunting trophies. The move will help in protecting the rapidly declining number of lions and big game. Sign this petition to put an end to the sale of hunting trophies on eBay and Craigslist.
Dear John Donahoe and Jim Buckmaster,
After the recent uproar over the murder of Cecil the lion, several companies and governments are stepping up to take part in conserving species that are on a brink of extinction. Major airlines have already put a ban on the transportation of big game “trophies.” However, your companies have not come out on the matter despite the fact that you are major contributors in the Internet world.
Your companies continue to provide convenient avenues for the sale and trade of hunting trophies. Since you can reach a large audience, you remain a favorite for poachers and illegal hunters who are looking to sell their items. Your platforms still provide a haven for traffickers to run their business and to continue threatening wildlife. I urge you to adopt strict rules to curb the illegal trade and protect these magnificent and noble creatures.
[Your Name Here]
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