Blumenauer Leads House Coalition in Calling on Japan to Ban Domestic Ivory Trade

September 12, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) led a letter to the Ambassador of Japan to the United States, with 15 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging the government of Japan to implement a domestic ban on ivory ahead of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting later this month.

According to the recent Great Elephant Census, African elephant populations are dwindling significantly because they continue to be subject to intense poaching. An estimated 100,000 African Elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. Currently, Japan has more ivory retailers, ivory manufacturers, and ivory wholesalers than any other nation. Growing momentum and progress may be undermined if Japan remains a major consumer of elephant ivory.

In June, the United States announced a near-total ban on the domestic sale of African elephant ivory and will be part of an effort at the CITES meeting to ask other nations to adopt similar bans. Additionally, some states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, have enacted total statewide bans on the sale of elephant ivory, and other states, such as Oregon, are working to pass similar bans.

Click here to read the letter.