Tag: wildlife



Rakuten and Ivory: Success for Elephants In a major victory for elephants Rakuten Ichiba, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, ceased ivory sales on July 1, 2017. Starting in 2014, EIA led a campaign calling on Rakuten to end its sales of elephant ivory. Japan has one of the world’s largest domestic ivory markets, and Rakuten was […]

Hong Kong Customs displays 82.5kg of rhino horns from South Africa and destined for Malaysia. Photo: ISD

Second Postcard from the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee

By Daniel Hubbell, EIA Policy Analyst Last week, the Environmental Investigation Agency’s wildlife team celebrated the 4th of July by returning to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 71st meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). The London-based IMO is the international body tasked with overseeing marine shipping and vessel traffic on […]


Japan’s Rakuten Closes the Door on Ivory Sales

By Amy Zets Croke, EIA Policy Analyst Rakuten Ichiba, Japan’s number one e-commerce platform and one of the world’s leading internet retailers of elephant ivory products, is finally banning ivory sales. A global company with origins in Japan, Rakuten, which means “optimism” in Japanese, believes in the future and has “an understanding that we can […]

The official picture of the commitment made by 12 Chinese companies

Waking Up to Climate Change

The United States has joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries in the world not party to the Paris climate agreement. Pulling out of this agreement is a significant step backwards in the fight against climate change, stalling growth and development. Below is a personal account from an expeditioner who saw the urgency of […]


Archived Action Alert: Tell Yahoo! Japan to end elephant ivory sales

Hurray! Yahoo! Japan announced banning ivory sales in August 2019! Learn more here. Archived Action Alert: Yahoo! Japan, through both its shopping and auctions sites, is a leading internet seller of elephant ivory products, many of which have an illegal origin. At a time when 30,000 elephants are being killed annually for their ivory, it’s […]


Heavy Fuel Oil

EIA is working to reduce the risks that shipping poses to belugas and other Arctic whales, especially the looming threat of a heavy fuel oil spill As the Arctic Ocean continues to warm and sea ice recedes, shipping in the region is likely to increase. Utilizing routes like the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s northern […]