Despite international recognition that trade in captive-source tigers poses a serious threat to the species’ survival in the wild, international and domestic commercial trade continues in Asia. The trade involves serious and organised criminality, fosters corruption and stimulates demand for tiger parts and products
The U.S. Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman’s Protective Act of 1967 provides for the President to prohibit imports of any product from a country which is certified by the Secretary of the Interior as engaging in trade which “diminishes the effectiveness of any international program for endangered or threatened species”.
A report exposing Japanese retail giant Rakuten as the world’s biggest online marketplace for elephant ivory and whale meat products. Blood e-Commerce reveals the company’s Japanese website carries more than 28,000 ads for elephant ivory products and some 1,200 whale meat products ads