Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Please urge the Japanese government to shut down its ivory trade!
Japan's neighbor China has committed to closing its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017 and is taking steps to fulfill that commitment, making Japan one of the world’s largest remaining domestic ivory markets. There have been many cases of ivory illegally trafficked from Japan to China. Continued ivory trade in Japan threatens to undermine the efforts of China and the international community to combat wildlife trafficking.
Japan has more registered dealers, ivory manufacturers, and ivory wholesalers than any other country. Any legal market for ivory stimulates demand that in turn fuels elephant poaching. Japan must renounce the ivory trade and ban ivory sales immediately.