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Get eBay to remove illegal toxic chemicals from their website

After launching this petition with Buglife, 38 Degrees members also ran a campaign to email eBay's PR department and complain about these pesticides. After a battle, eBay finally relented and now the pesticides are banned.

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Get eBay to remove illegal toxic chemicals from their website

Dear eBay

Please stop traders selling illegal toxic pesticides on your website.

There are a number of traders on your website selling products containing Imidacloprid, Thiamethoxam and Clothianidin, neonicotinoid insecticides which were banned across Europe in December 2013.

Two days after 38 degree supporters contacted eBay and they agreed to take down the listings

They're back up on the site!

It's not only those! You can also buy moth balls from Sri Lanka. Unfortunately they can cause cancer, burst into flames and have been illegal since 2008. Or how about some Atrazine? Not used in Europe because of the worrying research that showed that it turns male frogs into female ones.

We need eBay to promise that they will stop selling illegal chemicals on their website and to sort out their illegal items policy

Why is this important?

Neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) are systemic, which means that the chemicals travel through the plant into the nectar and pollen where they are consumed by bees and other wild pollinators such as hoverflies and moths.

Neonics are related to Nicotine and target the nervous system; this means that invertebrates can be affected in different ways. Even small doses may lead to ‘sub-lethal effects’ such as making a bee not able to forage for food properly, or queen bees laying less eggs.

In December last year, a new piece of law came into effect in Europe which restricted the use of three of the most common neonics – Clothianidin, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam.

To find out more about the Buglife Neonicotinoids campaign follow this link -

Reasons for signing

  • We want to breath clean air and consume non toxic food for our children. XX
  • Congratulations on success!
  • Profiteering Ebay AGAIN!


2018-02-20 22:50:59 +0000

Petition is successful with 2,678 signatures

2017-05-09 10:29:43 +0100

Petition is successful with 2,651 signatures

2016-11-18 10:42:36 +0000

Petition is successful with 2,647 signatures

2016-04-26 12:15:05 +0100

Petition is successful with 2,637 signatures

2014-10-27 14:02:30 +0000

Petition is successful with 2,585 signatures

2014-03-27 12:10:39 +0000

Petition is successful with 2,350 signatures

2014-03-11 17:00:28 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-03-11 13:11:06 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-03-11 12:10:35 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-03-11 12:05:44 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-03-11 12:02:32 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-03-11 11:40:14 +0000

10 signatures reached