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Maneka Gandhi, Wildlife SOS urge Amazon to stop selling animal specimens, hunting equipment

A wildlife welfare organisation on Friday criticised and urged the US-based online retailer Amazon to take down protected wild and aquatic animal specimens and hunting equipment from its ‘sale list’.

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A wildlife welfare organisation on Friday criticised and urged the US-based online retailer Amazon to take down protected wild and aquatic animal specimens and hunting equipment from its ‘sale list’.

The Wildlife SOS, a Delhi-based NGO, also informed Union Minister Maneka Gandhi about the sale. Gandhi, an animal lover, has condemned the online retailing giant for selling such ware.

Wildlife SOS launched an online petition asking Amazon to stop selling snares and other items that encourage or propagate maiming, hunting and killing of wildlife. The petition has gathered nearly 7,000 signatures so far.

“The Government of India and NGOs like Wildlife SOS are struggling to protect our wildlife and make this country safer for animals, yet we have a giant like Amazon shamefully selling wildlife specimens and animal traps that directly contribute to the slaughter of wildlife,” Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said in a statement, according to Wildlife SOS.

Snares, traps and specimens like alligators, snakes, bats, butterflies, spiders, ladybugs, beetle, scorpions, frogs and several aquatic animals like seahorse, starfish, octopus, crab and shark teeth among others are on sale in both the Indian and international website of Amazon.

Most of the animal specimens being sold, like “the Wild Gator head” have their genuineness guaranteed and customers are assured that these specimens were taken from the wild.

The Amazon website listed these under the ‘Toys and Games’ section.

The snares and traps Amazon offers are described by the website as “best suited for rabbit and squirrel”, but wildlife lovers maintain the snares could be used to trap bigger animals, like leopard and tiger, as well.

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