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Tech Giants Sign Pledge With World Wildlife Fund To Prevent Wildlife Trading (mashable.com) 27

Kerry Flynn, writing for Mashable: Looking to buy an elephant tusk on eBay? Might not be so easy. The e-commerce giant, along with Etsy, Gumtree, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tencent and Yahoo, have signed on to a new commitment to prevent the sale of illegal wildlife products on their services. The initiative is in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and TRAFFIC, and was announced Friday to coincide with World Elephant Day. Under the new policy, companies are seeking to prohibit the sale of wild live animals and animal body parts that are sourced illegally, species that are threatened by extinction and other protected animals. That includes rhino horns, pangolin parts and turtle meat. It's the first time that conservation organizations have partnered with multiple tech companies. Prior, the WWF, for example, has worked with other organizations individually.Recently, the Indian government had accused several tech companies including Amazon of "selling" rare animals and their parts.
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  • I mean, between this and PETA.. We're pretty much now fully anti Pokemon...

    Won't someone please think of the innocent Squirtles!

    • I mean, between this and PETA.. We're pretty much now fully anti Pokemon...

      I don't think they Go far enough.

    • My boys recently got into Pokemon (the TV series for my oldest, the TV show and cards for my youngest). I brought up that Pokemon is basically capturing wild animals and training them to fight each other. Looked at this way, what Ash and his friends do is terrible, not fantastic. Especially when it seems that these wild animals have some kind of sentience. (I've experienced some of the TV shows by virtue of being in the next room while my boys watch it.)

      I look forward to the episode where Ash is arreste

  • I can still trade ivory on Amazon?
    • Hell, given that Microsoft threw their name at it, I'm really curious as to how many elephant tusks or shark fins are traded on the XBox Marketplace...

  • Please help stamp out the scourge of international Sea Monkey trafficking!

  • ... naugahyde furniture?

    Save the naugas [wikimedia.org]!

  • The cause may be good, but the ends don't justify the means. Censorship is not the answer to these sorts of problems. It can't be the answer to any sort of problem as the approach disrupts the concept of democracy. We don't have truly democratic systems now because we're excluding a significant portion of the people in our society. From immigrants and criminals to children. We need to get away from censorship and open our voting booths to everybody whose here.

Did you hear that two rabbits escaped from the zoo and so far they have only recaptured 116 of them?

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