Amazon.com stops helping poachers after protest


This video from Wildlife SOS in India says about itself:

Rose, an Orphaned Sloth Bear Cub with a Missing Paw

10 February 2016

Little Rose is just 3 months old, but she has already experienced tremendous heartbreak.

When our rescue team reached the village where the orphaned sloth bear cub had been spotted, limping and growing thinner by the day, they made a tragic discovery. Where her left front paw should have been, there was only a mangled stump. Poor Rose had likely lost her paw, along with her mother, to a poacher‘s wire snare.

It was a miracle that Rose survived, but she has a long road ahead of her.

With no mother’s love to keep her warm and help her feel safe, it’s going to take a while for her to learn to walk, for her to grow comfortable enough to eat and sleep, and even longer for her to learn to trust her keepers and the vets at our rescue center.

Whatever it takes, we are committed to helping Rose have a good life. Her wounds will heal, our veterinarian Dr. Niraj assures us, but the fear and anxiety will take longer to fade.

Still, with you by her side, she will recover – and we’re determined to get her there with as much care, patience and love is needed. One day, we will all get to see Rose thriving, and living happily in the company of the other sloth bears at our rescue center.

From the Times of India:

Wildlife items off Amazon after campaign

Jasjeev Gandhiok | TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.27 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Almost a week after TOI reported that e-retail website Amazon was selling protected wildlife specimen and hunting snares online, the website has finally decided to take down close to 400 items from its offer list.

The move came after Wildlife SOS, an NGO, had started an online signature campaign to prevent Amazon from selling such items. After nearly 9,000 signatures accumulated, the e-retail giant decided to listen to the animal lovers who were repeatedly writing to the company. Legal representatives from the company also visited the NGO in Delhi. …

Amazon India has pulled down 296 items that were listed in the ‘animal specimen’ category and 104 items under the ‘snarestraps’ category.

“Our efforts eventually paid off when two senior legal representatives from Amazon came to meet us at the Wildlife SOS headquarters in New Delhi. We gave a brief presentation to the visiting officials about wildlife crime in the country and the devastating effect this has on our natural heritage. They immediately agreed to begin taking down these items and have enlisted our help in identifying them,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS.

The petition started after the NGO rescued a bear cub from a poacher’s snare. The organisation started a search to identify all platforms where snares and traps were being sold and were shocked to discover them being sold on Amazon.in, along with other wildlife specimens. Wildlife trophies such as rare sea shells, alligator heads, starfish, snake specimens along with trapping equipment like snares and leg hold traps were all available on the website, but the company assures they are working actively to remove any that may have been left on the website.

One should hope that Amazon.com bosses will also stop their helping of Donald Trump; and their bad treatment of their workers.

A distraught employee leaped off the rooftop of Amazon’s Seattle, Washington headquarters in a suicide attempt Monday morning. The unidentified worker was hospitalized in critical condition after miraculously surviving the 12-story fall from the Apollo building, one of several structures at the South Lake Union campus where 20,000 employees of the online retail giant work. Before trying to take his life, the worker sent an email seen by hundreds of co-workers and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos criticizing the way the company handled his request to transfer to a different department, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to Bloomberg News: here.

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6 thoughts on “Amazon.com stops helping poachers after protest

  1. Tuesday 20th
    posted by Zoe Streatfield in Britain

    SCOTTISH government Economy Secretary Keith Brown confronted Amazon bosses yesterday over poor working conditions at its distribution depot in Dunfermline.

    Mr Brown said it was “only right” that he met Amazon bosses after concerns over the treatment of staff were raised at Holyrood following high-profile demonstrations by the People’s Assembly Scotland and a coalition of trade unions.

    Activists have warned that Amazon workers face job insecurity, low pay and impossible targets, as well as draconian penalties for being minutes late, off sick or taking “too many” toilet breaks.

    The Courier reported last week that staff had been camping in freezing conditions in a shocking bid to cut commuting costs.

    People’s Assembly Scotland secretary Tam Kirby praised activists for “putting the spotlight on bad working conditions at Amazon and pressuring the Scottish government into taking action.”

    Mr Kirby said: “Since the People’s Assembly Black Friday protests, the Amazon PR machine has gone into overdrive to deflect any negative perception of the company.”

    He welcomed Mr Brown’s visit to the depot but warned that the economy secretary is unlikely to meet any of the 4,000 Christmas temps and that unions and activists needed to step up the action to win real change.

    Unite Fife area activists committee chair John Gillespie said: “We have witnessed first-hand the fear in workers’ faces as they enter and exit the site in Dunfermline.”

    He called on Amazon to do the right thing by “paying their taxes and giving their workers the dignity and respect they deserve” instead of trying to make themselves look good in front of the media and politicians.

    An Amazon spokeswoman said: “Productivity targets are set objectively, based on previous performance levels achieved by our workforce.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-208b-Amazon-confronted-over-mistreatment#.WFmSG32bIdU

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