David Blecken
Apr 22, 2019

Japan's 'hanko' stamps are decimating elephants, WildAid says

A piece of intricate animation to mark Earth Day points out that wooden stamps work just as well as ivory ones.

Chinese consumption habits are frequently singled out for threatening the survival of animal species, with good reason. But the country is far from the only culprit. Indeed, while China has banned the ivory trade, it is alive and well in Japan, where domestic sales are reportedly the highest in the world.

According to a new film designed to raise awareness of the problem among Japanese people, 80% of the ivory sold in the market is...

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