Help us call on Japan to close its ivory market – the worlds largest – and give elephants the greatest chance of survival.





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Dear Minister,

I am writing to you today to urge you, as a matter of urgency, to support the closure of Japan’s domestic ivory market, as the global community prepares to meet for the UN CITES conference on the trade in endangered species in Geneva in mid-August. All ivory markets fuel elephant poaching and contribute to ivory trafficking.

Tens of thousands of African elephants are slaughtered every year for their tusks. This slaughter is fuelled by demand for ivory by consumers in many countries, and particularly Japan.

Between 2007 and 2014, the Great Elephant Census assessed that one elephant was killed every 15 minutes, every single day. At least 144,000 elephants were killed across Africa in just seven years. If poaching continues at current rates, elephants will be extinct in the wild within decades.

A growing number of jurisdictions including China, the United States, France, Luxembourg the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR have taken steps to close their domestic ivory markets so that they no longer contribute to the demand for elephant ivory that fuels ivory trafficking and poaching.

Japan is now the largest remaining legal market for ivory despite the clear links between legal markets and the killing of elephants.

Given the controversy over the recent re-launch of commercial whaling, calling for the closure of Japan’s domestic ivory markets will help to secure Japan’s conservation image and strengthen international trust in its commitment to conserving wildlife towards the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

I respectfully ask that you publicly support the closure of domestic ivory markets to give elephants the best possible chance at survival.

Kind regards,

(your name)

List of Ministers and Email Addresses:

Shinzo Abe – Prime Minister
Tara Kono – Foreign Minister
Yoshiaki Harada – Environment Minister
Hiroshige Seko – Economy, Trade and Industry Minister