Online ivory sales driving illegal elephant poaching: report


Radio National

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Last week the Japanese online shopping company Rakuten moved quickly to withdraw the sale of whale and dolphin meat from its online retail sites.
The move came after the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan immediately stop it’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean.

But meanwhile ivory, most likely sourced from the illegal poaching and killing of African elephants, is still being sold online by Rakuten Global with over 28,000 ads for elephant ivory products on it’s internet sites.


Allan Thornton
President of the U.S branch of the Environment Investigation Agency


Gregg Borschmann, Environment Editor