by Ken Dermota
Fri May 4, 1:34 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The wildlife poacher has a new ally: the Internet, say activists who plan to tame this illegal trade in live animals and the remains of their slaughter, such as ivory, skins and tusks.
"Illegal trade has increased exponentially because of the ease of selling by Internet," said Lynne Levine, a spokeswoman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Her group began a letter-writing campaign to eBay in European countries asking the Internet auction sites to reject sales of animals taken in the wild or any of their parts, whether made into foot stools, chess sets, pens or other ornaments, especially rhinoceros horns and ivory.
"A huge portion of the illegal items traded over the Internet is ivory products," Michael Wamithi, a Kenyan elephant program manager.
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