28 Apr '15, 5pm

Illegal ivory trade alive and well on Craigslist

Illegal ivory trade alive and well on Craigslist

Seized ivory that was crushed. Photo by: IFAW. As it has become more difficult to buy illegal ivory from slaughtered elephants on places like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.com, traders and buyers in the U.S. have turned to another venue: Craigslist. A new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that the ivory trade is thriving on Craigslist. Looking at 28 geographic regions on Craigslist in the U.S. over 38 days of listings this year, investigators found 615 items from dead elephants, including ivory and elephant skin. They estimated this snapshot of trading was alone worth nearly $1.5 million. Extrapolating this data for a full year, the report estimates the trade in these 28 locations could yield as many as 6,600 items worth more than $15 million. "This important investigation shows that ivory markets are stil...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0428-hance-ivory-craigslist...

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