Amazon agrees to stop sale of animals banned by Wildlife Act

  • Badri Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 00:38 IST
Wildlife SOS said had put up sea horses, star fish, rare beetles and butterflies on sale on its website. (Screengrab:

After animal rights activists complained that protected species and hunting equipment was being sold on e-commerce sites, Amazon said it will stop the sale of products and animals banned under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Wildlife SOS, a group that campaigns for the humane treatment of animals, said sea horses, star fish, rare beetles and butterflies were available for sale on the Amazon website, which also sold wildlife trophies — including alligator heads — snares, traps and manuals on hunting, sold at prices between Rs 3000 and Rs 5000 online.

Amazon told HT on Monday that they were working with sellers to take down the products.

“It seems incredulous that a company would list items like wild animal specimens that are listed under protected species in India. We hope Amazon will take these down immediately, respect India’s laws and wildlife conservation efforts,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS.

“We have taken cognisance of the issue. Selling species like snake, alligator heads is banned as per the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,” said M Maranko, regional director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.

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