10-year-old Abbiegail has launched a blog about the curio trade on several facebook pages to explain to others about the horrendous trade in curios from seaside shops.
It is fantastic to see another generation taking on this important issue; it is their future after all !!
Her blog can be found at:
Great news, we have had reports coming in of shops selling curios and so we are working behind the scenes, trying to sort this out.
Interestingly Lucy one of our volunteers kindly reported stalls selling curios in Bulgaria, which has been very useful. We might not be able to do anything about these ones in other countries yet but please send them in any way as they will help us shape the campaign in the future.
I have attached two pictures Lucy took of Seahorses and a Porcupine Puffer which were being sold. It has to stop and only you can do this.
If you see marine and other curios for sale please report them to us. If can give the address and details and if you have pictures that would be great but please make sure this is peacefully done.
Send your information to Illegaltrade@theseahorsetrust.org
Porcupine Pufferfish for sale in Bulgaria
Seahorses for sale in Bulgaria
Dear all, we now have the e-mail address for the illegal trade in seahorses and a statement from Kim our coordinator who has offered to take on this voluntary role of looking into and campaigning against the curio trade on E-bay and other sites on our behalf. I would like to say a massive thank you to Kim for doing this.
As you will have seen in the last newsletter, we are very concerned by the number of real sea horse sales that are taking place illegally on eBay and other sites. These are usually in the form of keyrings, paperweights and even jewelry.
I decided I wanted to do something about this terrible trade, and I am now working in partnership with E-bay (who have been very helpful) and other agencies to bring an end to these illegal sales.
If you spot any real sea horse items for sale from any source (not just eBay) please email me at email@example.com , this will let me be able to monitor the number of such items so I can report them to our interested partners.
Remember that it’s illegal to buy or sell seahorses, dead or alive, or parts thereof anywhere in Europe and it is illegal to sell out of or import into America seahorses, dead or alive, or parts thereof.
Every seahorse that is stopped from being sold helps to protect the seahorses worldwide so please help us to help them. We would like to get this ban imposed worldwide and it is only with public opinion that this will happen, thank you. Kim.