Zhou Jinfeng: E-Commerce Platform Must Fulfill Its Obligation to Protect Wildlife | Environmental Public Interest Litigation (EPIL) Will Be Filed
2020/3/24 13:47:00 本站

I want to talk about the obligation of the e-commerce platform in the wildlife trade. I mentioned before that the e-commerce platform should use the credit system, which is a very important step. In fact, the e-commerce platform is very easy to solve this problem.


The work was easy to do, but they did not get prepared. This is a question of cognition, law, and morality.


This is an inescapable responsibility, which they should have done and could have done well.


At the same time, I firmly believe that this work will be upgraded in the future. From the report of volunteers such as “Wildlife-free E-Commerce Initiative”, to environmental public interest litigation, and then to the promotion of national policy level and legal level. E-commerce platform needs to actively fulfill its obligations, but also to take the initiative.


"Wildlife-free E-Commerce Initiative" was initially reported by volunteers; now, we plan to initiate environmental public interest litigation. Those platforms do not do right and infringe on the interests of the public environment. We will also propose to revise relevant laws, strengthen supervision and increase all forces.


We also welcome the e-commerce platform to join the “Wildlife-free E-Commerce” group.


Most importantly, we should consider which one to sue. The E-commerce platform should use the credit system. E-commerce platform actually has a credit system, such as Taobao's "like", "good comment", "star evaluation", "user rating", etc. However, at present, the system used by Taobao only meets its purpose (promotion, business), and is not used for the purpose of safeguarding the public environmental interests.


The points system and “like” system they designed are actually the credit system.


There is no doubt that the current evaluation system is used to promote business, but if the credit system of e-commerce platform can add the content and theme of “Wildlife-free E-Commerce”, its significance will be more important.


We hope that the whole of society can pay attention to this issue.


In fact, they can use the credit system to effectively solve the problem of “Wildlife-free E-Commerce”, and really make their own obligations to promote the construction of ecological civilization, protect biodiversity and maintain public health.


Some international voices have accused that a large e-commerce platform in China is actually a "fake and shoddy goods supermarket". There are many international condemnations like this. Such a negative reputation is very unfavorable for the future and sustainable development of the e-commerce platform. Our country's e-commerce giants should be more active to solve these problems, to establish a better, responsible platform and corporate image.


In addition, "Wildlife-free E-Commerce" is also an important development opportunity for the e-commerce platform. Platforms should not think that they have lost several businesses narrowly; instead, they should be more deeply aware that this is the basis of their platform development.


This is a big problem. For example, some search engines, in order to achieve the click volume to get benefits, they even put some information to promote wildlife trading in the most prominent position. This is very unethical. Internationally, if these search engines and platforms are allowed to compete with other international search engines, they will lose in the first place and have a bad moral reputation.


There is a long way to go, and there are more and bigger challenges waiting for us. E-commerce platforms must actively fulfill the obligation of protecting wild animals and the responsibility of maintaining public health and put this responsibility awareness into their credit system. As long as the platforms are willing to do this work, it is easy to make significant progress in the illegal trade of wild animals; and if they don't do it, there will be troubles and environmental public interest litigation in the future.

(The above is sorted orally, without the confirmation of the speaker himslef.)


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By / Xue Tongtong Modified / Maggie