Did you know that it's still legal to sell ivory in Japan? While China, Hong Kong and nations around the world move to ban elephant ivory sales, Japan continues to allow trade of both new and antique ivory within the country, helping fuel the brutal poaching industry that slaughters an estimated 30,000 majestic elephants every year.
Elephants endure excruciating deaths for the ivory trade; many are attacked with poison arrows, and it takes an agonizing 15 to 20 minutes to die after being hit. Once the elephant is dead, the poachers hack off their tusks -- or brutally slice away the animals' entire face.
Although Japan's ivory sales are supposed to only be domestic -- international ivory trade is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) -- the industry is largely unregulated. And allowing even domestic sales paves the way for black-market activity. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 2.42 tons of ivory were illegally exported from Japan between 2011 and 2016.
It's time for action to save the elephants. Sign this petition to urge the ambassador of Japan to do everything in his power to finally enact a ban on all ivory sales. No more elephants should die for human greed.