E-commerce company and Yahoo partner Alibaba has agreed to ban trades in elephant ivory, sea turtle, and shark fin.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has been working with Alibaba and its Chinese owned partner site Taobao.com regarding online wildlife trade that’s threatening endangered species, along with having negative impacts on the environment.
In addition, Alibaba has strengthened its internal control of wildlife products traded to accord to international and national regulations. Alibaba's announcement comes nearly a year after eBay, working with IFAW, agreed to ban the sale of all ivory products.
"From eBay to Taobao to Alibaba, a growing number of internet sites are taking responsibilities to protect the world's precious wildlife from the threat of trade. It is a very encouraging trend," said Grace Gabriel, IFAW's Asia Regional Director.