Amazon India has agreed to remove their snares and traps as wildlife body claimed an issue after it urged the portal to do so on compassionate grounds. The Wildlife SOS had recently found snares, traps, wildlife specimens and wild animal products being sold openly on Amazon and had started a petition campaign requesting the online giant to remove these items on compassionate grounds. "As a result of these sustained efforts and petition launched by conservation organisation Wildlife SOS, the online retailing giant has finally sent a written confirmation to Wildlife SOS agreeing to remove all such items.
A statement quoting Rakesh Bakshi, Legal Director, Associate General Counsel, Amazon India said the company respects the efforts of Wildlife SOS to fight illegal wildlife trafficking and in response to their request it has pulled down 296 items that were listed in the 'animal specimen' category and 104 items under the 'snares/traps' category.
"They also confirmed that they had delisted close to 400 items from their website on the request of Wildlife SOS," the body claimed in a statement. Wildlife SOS had found that Amazon website listed wildlife trophies such as rare sea shells, alligator heads, starfish, snake specimens, seahorses and tarantula spiders, scorpions among a host of others and cruel trapping equipment like snares and leg hold traps.
This discovery, shortly after Wildlife SOS's rescue of a wild sloth bear cub that had lost a limb and her mother to snare, prompted the start of a petition against the sale of cruelty by Amazon.