I mean, who would have thought that eBay executives would discuss a cornflake shaped like the state of Illinois at great length, but apparently they did just that.
Recently they have been discussing something a little more serious than novelty breakfast cereals. eBay has been having a discussion about the sale of ivory.
Apparently a team inside eBay has been investigating the issue for some time, and consulting with a number of 'stakeholders' as the blog puts it. By which I guess it means people making a nice living from selling the stuff, as well as organisations interested in animal welfare.
With elephants, both African and Asian, being protected species as a result of the ivory trade which involves the brutal slaying of these giants of the jungle, it should come as no surprise to learn that global trading is strictly regulated.
Some 171 countries signed up to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species a decade ago, prohibiting the international trade in both endangered animals and products derived from them. The United States, for example, has the 1973 Endangered Species Act prohibiting import and export of ivory.
So what has eBay been doing about this elephant in the room, and what will change from January 1st 2009? More on page 2...