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China Delivers Double-Punch to Pandemic

The world is now focused on fighting a common enemy: COVID-19. For most of us, this is an unprecedented moment of global struggle. The first hit nation, China, has seemingly emerged from the most difficult stage and is forging ahead with exceptional measures to address the root causes of the pandemic. Notably, upon learning that […]


Letter: Appeal to Tokyo’s Governor Koike for Ivory Market Closure

Letter: Appeal to Tokyo’s Governor Koike for Ivory Market Closure On March 12, 2020, EIA and 29 international and Japanese environmental and conservation organizations sent a letter to Tokyo’s Governor Yuriko Koike commending Tokyo for taking progressive action to investigate the trade in ivory within Tokyo prefecture and explore measures to prevent illegal ivory trade and […]

Intelligence Brute: ACOG

Thirty Years After the Ivory Ban: Japan Still Threatens Africa’s Elephants

by Allan Thornton, President EIA Thirty years ago, in response to the massive killings of some 70,000 elephants a year, the Parties to CITES up-listed all African elephant populations to Appendix I, banning almost all international trade. Being at the Conference of the Parties for that particular moment – when the ban was announced – […]

Raw Intelligence: GOCA

Thirty Years Since the International Ivory Ban, Say Goodbye to Ivory Hanko

By Allan Thornton, President, Environmental Investigation Agency US This opinion originally appeared in Japanese in Asahi Shimbun on January 8th, 2020 Around 20,000 elephants have been killed every year in Africa, for the past decade at least, to supply the global trade in ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna […]

Raw Intelligence: GOCA

End of an Era: Yahoo! Japan Ceases Ivory Sales

Yahoo! Japan’s new policy prohibiting the sale of elephant ivory products on its shopping and auction platforms went into effect November 1st, fulfilling an announcement Yahoo Japan made in August 2019. After years of justifying sales of ivory, Yahoo! Japan’s decision to change its policy was based on evidence that ivory purchased on Yahoo! Auctions […]