【Editor’s Note:】 It is unwillingness rather than incapacity that obstructs a wildlife-free E-Commerce.
Using an E-Commerce platform to sell wildlife is nothing new. China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has focused on such issues and reported to all concerning parties for the past two years, yet it has received no effective response either in legal improvement or platform supervision.
The turning point has finally come when the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on eliminating the bad habits of wild animal consumption was issued after the outbreak of COVID19.
“It is something that E-commerce platforms can easily do, and do it well, but they failed to do so,” said Zhou Jinfeng commenting on wildlife-free E-commerce. For E-Commerce platforms, it is also an important opportunity to develop sustainably.
To cut off illegal trade chain of wildlife, it is also necessary to strengthen the supervision of the whole chain, enhance the building of credit system to include sellers, buyers, and platforms, establish blacklists of dishonesty, and clearly set out the joint liability of E-Commerce platforms on sales causing damage to wildlife.
At present, volunteers of Wildlife-Free E-Commerce Initiative action group, an initiative launched by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation and partners, are monitoring illegal sales of wildlife on E-Commerce platforms, fighting against industrial jargon with wit, and they are also expecting E-Commerce platforms to step up their crackdown measures.
Illegal trade of wildlife through the internet seriously destroys biodiversity, ecosystem security, and human wellbeing. Internet platforms can play a critical role in combating the illegal trade of wildlife. However, due to the wrong perceptions of the public, there is still a huge demand for wild animals on the market. Thus, combating the illegal trade of wildlife is still under immense pressure.
“Patrols” to protect wildlife continue every day, but for volunteers of Wildlife-Free E-Commerce Initiative, such patrols are made online.
(Photo credit: CBCGDF)
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By / Ye Lvye, Xue Tongtong