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2017-03-01

The public comments for revision of the Japanese Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

●The comments from JWCS
Propositions on the Draft Report on ‘Measures to take for conservation of endangered species of wild fauna and flora’

●The comments from organizations of countries except Japan
The comments from the five groups urged the Japanese government follow the lead of the United States and China in shutting down its domestic ivory market, in light of the African elephant poaching crisis. The ivory registration system has been shown to be seriously flawed and has allowed falsified registration and laundering of ivory of dubious legality, while online retailers continue to sell tens of the thousands of ivory products on a largely unregulated and unenforceable marketplace that if anything encourages illegal trade in ivory products. Furthermore, the groups urged Japan to include threatened marine species in the national list of threatened species, as Japan is not only one of the biggest consumers of marine products but also has one of the largest fisheries industries. Protecting threatened marine species that are commercially valuable would ensure that trade would not put wild populations of these animals at risk of extinction.

Humane Society International urges the Japanese government to heed the international community’s recommendations and take swift action to close Japan’s domestic ivory market. During Prime Minister Abe’s trip to Kenya to attend TICAD last year, African elephant scientists and conservation experts penned an open letter to Minister Abe, urging him to shut down Japan’s ivory market. And, First Lady Abe visited an elephant orphanage. Global demand for ivory, including in Japan, has fueled the killing of hundreds of thousands of elephants in the last decade and continues to challenge international law and order. Japan should stop facilitating heinous transnational wildlife crime. It is high time that Japan be part of the solution to save the last remaining African elephants.   
HSI
CBD
Sea Shepherd Legal
Pro Wildlife
Cetacean Society International

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