Yahoo’s Japanese online commerce platforms are a hub for ivory from dubious sources. The internet giant is thus making itself an accomplice to the poachers that are driving the world’s elephants to extinction. Tell Yahoo to get out of the ivory business.
According to a study by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), more than twelve tons of ivory were sold through Yahoo Japan between 2012 and 2014. During that period, 800 tusks and 15,787 smaller pieces changed hands. 55,000 personalized hanko name seals were also sold. “Hard ivory” from forest elephants is in great demand in Japan for name seals, decorative figurines, chopsticks and other items.