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NZ sales website bans ivory and endangered species ads

August 18, 2014

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CAPTION: Endangered animal products, such as these  elephant tusks and rhino horns confiscated in 1990, are now banned from ads on NZ website Trade Me.

New Zealand’s buy and sell website, Trade Me, has banned people advertising ivory, rhino horn and other endangered animal products on its site.

“We’ve decided to ban the sale of animal parts from animals listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (‘CITES’) on Trade Me. The ban will come into effect on 17 September 2014,” Trade Me says in a post on its website.

“A ban on ivory (and other animal products) feels like the right thing to do. We’ve consulted with a lot of experts in this area, including advocacy groups and the Department of Conservation.”

“Trade Me allowing the sale of ivory in particular is increasingly out of step with international trends. We also read the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee’s report which recommended a full ban on ivory sales in New Zealand,” Trade me says

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