We commend the United States Government’s inspiring step to destroy 5.4 tonnes of seized elephant ivory in Denver, Colorado. The stockpile represents 25 years of seizures of illegal ivory in the United States and its destruction will focus attention on the devastating impacts of the illegal wildlife trade
Wildlife advocates expressed bitter disappointment today at the refusal of international conglomerate SoftBank Corp to ban advertisements for elephant ivory and whale & dolphin products on Yahoo! Japan, the dominant company in SoftBank’s internet division with revenues of nearly US$4 billion in 2012
In a joint press release with the Wildlife Protection Society of India and Freeland we explain that the recent CITES meeting in Bangkok did not go far enough to tackle poaching of elephants, tigers and rhinos by continuing to allow domestic and international trade of wildlife products which drives illegal activity.
International policy-makers must stop stimulating demand for critically endangered species. EIA warned that conflicting decisions and top-level discussions regarding trade in the products of endangered species such as elephants, tigers and precious woods create consumer confusion and ultimately drive poaching/theft