Facebook let her sell dead polar bears' skulls on their website. This highly vulnerable species must be protected!
Facebook has just been caught allowing a woman from Canada to illegally advertise and sell the skulls of dead endangered polar bears.Sign PetitionSign Petition
The woman, Vanessa Rondeau, runs a boutique shop filled with expensive "oddities" — primarily the heads of dead animals, selling for hundreds and hundreds of dollars. The selling and framing of animal bones and taxidermy isn't, itself, a crime. But selling protected or endangered animals absolutely is.
And yet Facebook was happy to let it happen.
Sign the petition to demand that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg actually hold his company to U.S. law and ensure no more animals are exploited on his site!
Over the past six years, Rondeau has shared approximately 30 posts offering polar bear skulls for sale, providing information such as: "Friday deal!! Juvenile polar bear skull 280$ PM [private message] if interested" and "Polar bear available! 14x9 inchs we are asking 550$ shipping and deposit available ! Perfect Christmas gift !"
Another post declared: "I was lucky to put my hand on this antique polar bear skull yesterday . Since the last 2 years I'm having a hard time finding them at the resonable price . This specimen is for sale gotta great patina also ; probably the last one for that cheap asking 499$ !"
Even worse, polar bears aren't the only endangered species whose pilfered remains she's been hawking. Three-toed sloths and crocodiles (including their skulls, full heads, and feet) are also on Rondeau's list of "oddities" for sale. Each of these animals are protected under U.S. federal law, specifically by the Endangered Species Act.
Rondeau knew she was breaking the law. That's why, when speaking with a buyer who happened to actually be an undercover agent with the U.S. government, she bragged that authorities had never caught her yet. How had she managed to get away with her flagrant abuses? By telling the postal service and customs agent at the border that these deceased endangered animal parts were simply "art pieces."
Clearly, this shop owner was being so open about her criminal activities that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was able to sniff her out. So why hasn't Facebook done anything? In fact, to this day, her shop's Facebook page is still live and filled with new posts about other murdered animals' remains!
Facebook has been howling from the mountains that it's a community-minded organization focused on social good and bringing people together for the right reasons. This just proves that's not true.
Tell Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to implement stronger policies that kick wildlife-sellers off his platform! In particular, he must remove Vanessa Rondeau and her boutique shop of dead endangered species immediately, before she continues to profit off of these illegal actions.