• Amazon selling wildlife specimens, alleges green body

    A wildlife body today alleged that Amazon website was selling wildlife specimens including sea horses and alligator heads, protected under the country’s laws, and urged the company to stop their sale.

    Wildlife SOS claimed the website was offering an array of wildlife trophies, snares and manuals on hunting – including alligator heads, preserved snakes, butterflies, starfish, rare beetles and seahorses along with dangerous trapping and killing devices like snares.

    The body noted it was “incredulous” that a company like Amazon would list items for sale listed under protected species in India.

    An Amazon India spokesperson, however, said the company supports wildlife protection efforts and it was in the process of informing the seller about the concerns raised so that “corrective action” can be taken.

    “Amazon.in supports wildlife protection efforts. We are in the process of informing the seller of the concerns raised so that the seller can take corrective action wherever necessary,” the spokesperson said.

    According to SOS, it has launched a petition asking Amazon to stop selling such items that encourage or propagate maiming, hunting and killing of wildlife.

    The petition has gathered nearly 7,000 signatures, with animal lovers across the globe expressing their outrage and vowing to boycott the retailer, it said.

    The campaign aims not just to implore the website to stop selling these items but also educating people about snares and the suffering caused to innocent animals by their use, it said in a statement.

    Quoting Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, the statement said, “The government and NGOs like Wildlife SOS are struggling to protect our wildlife and make this country safer for animals, yet we have a giant like Amazon shamefully selling wildlife specimens and animal traps that directly contribute to the slaughter of wildlife.”

    It alleged that traps and snares are being sold on one of the world’s leading online retailer’s website (Amazon) not just in the USA but also in India where all wild animals are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and hunting is illegal. Brooks Laich Authentic Jersey

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