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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CAUSE# Selamatkan Gajah Afrika!

I've just joined this campaign at Avaaz pressuring Yahoo to stop supporting the deadly ivory trade. Join me to make this controversy massive and help save elephants from extinction:

 It was Japan’s market for hanko, personal seals used to sign contracts, that fueled the ivory trade. For at least a thousand years, they’ve been made in Japan out of a variety of materials. In the early part of the 20th century, most were created from water buffalo horn, wood, or crystal. But as the Japanese economy began to grow in the 1950s, ivory hankos rose in popularity. In 1980, 55 percent of the gross weight of ivory used in Japan went into creating hankos, according to a report by Save the Elephants, a Kenya-based conservation and research organization.

Yahoo! Japan and Rakuten Ichiba, two of Japan’s biggest online retailers, have sold more and more ivory each year. On a single day in August, researchers counted 6,000 ivory products for sale on those two sites alone, valued at $5.1 million. The vast majority were hanko seals. Most of the online dealers fail to comply with even the most basic legal requirements, the report says.
To Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! Japan CEO Manabu Miyasaka, and all other companies allowing ivory sales online:
As global citizens, we are appalled that you allow ivory to be sold on your site/platform, fuelling elephant extinction. Major brands like Google and Amazon now responsibly refuse to take part in this bloody trade. We call on you to urgently stop all ivory sales from sites/platforms in Japan and all other markets.

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