JOHANNESBURG, June 17 (Xinhua/GNA) — The Council of Elders of
the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) comprising 32 African
countries and the majority of African elephant range states on
Monday called on Japan to close its ivory market to help fight
The AEC stated that the ivory market in Japan which was among
the world’s largest if closed would help reduce illegal poaching
of wildlife species.
“We believe that doing so will strengthen Japan’s
international conservation image ahead of the 2020 Olympics and
Paralympics,” said Azizou El Hadj Issa, chairperson of the AEC’s
Council of Elders, in a letter to Taro Kono, Japanese Foreign
Issa requested Japan for assistance and collaboration to
strengthen international measures in reducing the demand for
elephant ivory “so that elephant tusks are no longer desirable
The coalition wants all African elephants to be listed in
Apendix 1 to ensure that they are protected.
Elephants in Africa are split-listed with elephants in
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in Apendix 2, which
allows trade under certain circumstances.