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Seizures of ivory smuggled from Japan increase in China

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In 1990, international ivory trading was banned in principle under the Washington Convention,

What's this 'in principle' crap? It was banned outright! I guess that is just the Japanese interpretation of the ruling.

Once again we see Japan in the center of an environmental conservation issue which they have defiantly chosen to ignore.

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but Japan has maintained trading within the country, saying it is unrelated to poaching.

Excuse me how do you think that the Ivory that got inside of Japan was obtained in the first place ?

There are some real unscrupulous politicians that make money of this trade somehow, there can be no other explanation for this travesty.

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Shame on Japan. Nothing else can be said.

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Seems Nippon likes 'Ebony whale and Ivory?

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Just another example of Japan thumbing it's nose to the world!

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Excuse me how do you think that the Ivory that got inside of Japan was obtained in the first place ?

Imported prior to the ban. When Japan joined the Washington Treaty in 1981 and the actual ban on 1990, Japan imported 2006 tons. This is recorded in CITES trade data base.

Two more special import permits were granted by Washington Treaty Conference totaling 89 tons.

https://www.env.go.jp/nature/kisho/zougetorihiki/FAQ_on_ElephantIvory_JP.pdf

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Not hundreds of tons but several kilograms.

Yes. Illegally exported from Japan to China. What was asked before was how Japan was able to obtain such inventory in the first place and I answered that.

Let me guess, Japan is the victim here according to some, like nigelboy.

No. It's simply responding to questions which some people are too lazy to find out but choose to respond in a typical uninformed manner. For instance,

"In 1990, international ivory trading was banned in principle under the Washington Convention,"

What's this 'in principle' crap? It was banned outright! I guess that is just the Japanese interpretation of the ruling.

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Another two finger salute to the world. Nice one Japan... I was going to say unbelievable, but nothing surprises me about Japan's attitude towards wild animals any more.

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How disgusting of Japan to commit such shameful act. I wonder why the local animal activists here are not addressing the issue.

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@nigelboy

That is difficult to verify. You can carbon test ivory to determine when it was taken...from the elephant, but that does not tell you when it was registered / traded.

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That is difficult to verify. You can carbon test ivory to determine when it was taken...from the elephant, but that does not tell you when it was registered / traded.

True. But using common sense and logic, you can’t possibly import hundreds of metric tons per year using a suit case. And since they aren’t perishable items, it’s safe to conclude that whatever outstanding inventory in Japan came from legal importation from above dates,

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Imported prior to the ban.

No I mean the ivory was taken from the animal at least partially by poachers, a truly horrific act, so the statement from the Japanese government that the ivory trade in Japan has nothing to do with poaching makes no sense at all.

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Not hundreds of tons but several kilograms.

This tells me that there is no market in Japan where ivory can be bought up cheaply, and sold where there is a market, i.e. in China.

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The world should boycott Japanese Olympics in protest at tbe ivory trade and whale trade

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