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Thursday, December 10, 2015, 11:00 - 12:00

New Investigative Report on Japan's Ivory Trade Controls
Allan Thornton
President of Environmental Investigation Agency
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 Japan, long faced with international opprobrium for its whaling program, has also been criticized for lax controls on the ivory trade, which allegedly encourage poaching and threaten Africa's elephants.

 Allan Thornton, president of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, will announce the release of an investigative report showing, the group says, that Japan's ivory tusk registration is riddled with fraud, helping to fuel the illegal ivory trade and undermining the international and legal obligations of the Japanese government.

 The EIA says the investigation, led by a U.S.-non-profit organization, has revealed that 80% of surveyed ivory traders in Japan are routinely willing to undertake illegal activities to evade the law in order to secure tusk registration. The investigation also found that Japan’s weak wildlife laws allow for what the group says is rampant fraud and abuse of the ivory registration system currently in place.

 Thornton will release new data highlighting the problem.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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