Is Idle Fish Biodiversity-Irresponsible? Clean Internet for Conophytum Urges the E-Commerce Giant to Protect Endangered Species
2023/4/26 10:19:00 本站

Idle Fish, a business of Alibaba Group, is a consumer-to-consumer community and marketplace in China, where consumers can find a variety of second-hand, recycled, refurbished, for-rent and other long-tail products.

 

Now, it has been accused of being ignorant of its social responsibilities. The Clean Internet for Conophytum (CIC) campaign has been urging the platform to remove illegal sales of wild plants, but there has been no progress to date.


 

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In March 2023, volunteers reported to the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)’s Clean Internet for Conophytum (CIC) team that they had found a large number of sellers offering wild Conophytum plants on the “Xianyu” (Idle Fish’s name in Chinese) platform. Some of the plants sold by these sellers, such as “C. pageae” and “C. globosum” are on the endangered species list. What’s more, the trade of wild Conophytum is strictly regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


 

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After reporting the issue to the platform, the request for removal was rejected, with the Idle Fish platform claiming that there was not enough evidence to prove that the items violated the platform’s sales rules. This response was unacceptable, especially given the gravity of the issue.

 

The Legal Affairs Committee of the CBCGDF has sent a formal letter to Zhejiang Alibaba Xianyu Network Technology Co., Ltd, urging them to remove the sales and promotion of wild Conophytum plants as soon as possible. This is to reduce the risk of these legally protected plants being illegally harvested for commercial gain, and to fulfill the social responsibility of protecting biodiversity.

 

As of April 25, 2023, CIC has not received any response from Idle Fish. This is a clear indication that the platform is not taking the issue seriously and is not fulfilling its social responsibility. CIC reiterates that Idle Fish must take immediate action to remove illegal sales of wild plants from its platform, or the team has no other choice but to take legal actions against those who are accountable for biodiversity loss brought by the illegal and irresponsible wildlife trades.

 

Reporter: Chaubi

Editor: Victoria

Contact: v10@cbcgdf.org; +8617319454776

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