In a promising new report, Teetering on the Brink: Japan’s online ivory trade, TRAFFIC finds that the trade in ivory has dropped by as much as 100% this year on Japan’s largest online ivory trading platform, Yahoo Japan. It’s a major development considering the dangerous state of the nation’s ivory market revealed in 2017. This resolve must become nation-wide and be enforced by the Japanese government if the country is to put an end to its role in the international ivory trade.
Three years ago, TRAFFIC revealed an urgent need for Japan to close down its ivory market to end its significant contribution to the ongoing destructive international ivory trade which, despite its illegality under (CITES) [1,2], provokes the killing of an estimated 55 African Elephants per day. With illegal exports rising and incidents of large ivory seizures, the 2017 report was seen as a final warning with a clear need for authorities to address the issue to help protect elephants. Regrettably, the government response has been minimal.
Nevertheless, in recent years, several online platforms have taken voluntary steps to ban ivory sales. They included, in November 2019, Yahoo Japan, who at the time were the largest e-commerce platform for ivory, a move that was heralded as a major turning point. With the ban now firmly in place, TRAFFIC’s new report Teetering on the Brink evaluates the impact of that decision.
In a snapshot survey, TRAFFIC compared the number of shops selling ivory on Yahoo Shopping before and after the ban, and found a remarkable 100% decrease, from 58 shops in 2017 to 54 shops in 2018, now down to zero in 2020. Comparable trends were found for Rakuten-Ichiba, which instigated the same ban three years earlier, with just one online shop offering ivory post-ban, compared to 55 pre-ban.
Similarly optimistic results were found on Yahoo Auction, with sales of ivory not just by businesses but between consumers (non-business individuals) almost disappearing entirely, dropping by over 99%. In cases where the researchers did find offers of ivory contra company policy, after they were alerted, the companies took swift action to have them removed.
Such achievements reveal that voluntary bans by companies have great value in shutting down mechanisms by which ivory can leak into the international market from Japan, as well as the strong industry commitment to combating the problem.
Other companies in the sector that do not yet enforce such a ban are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly with the greater shift towards online shopping as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the report warns that actions by the e-commerce industry, although highly significant, are insufficient to address ongoing issues with Japan’s ivory market. Although online trade in ivory and illegal exports have reduced, they are still ongoing, including trade to China despite their domestic ivory ban introduced at the beginning of 2018.
Ivory trade persists in Japan via other channels including at physical auction houses and in private groups on social media, which are particularly challenging to measure and monitor.
TRAFFIC therefore calls upon the Japanese Government to develop an action plan that will decisively close its ivory markets (with narrow exemptions), initiate consultations on phasing out the use of ivory nameseals (hankos), and work more closely with Chinese Authorities to achieve CITES’s goals.
“As beneficial as actions from individual companies and local governments are, they can only trim the edges, not address the heart of the issue,” said Ryoko Nishino, Program Officer at TRAFFIC’s Tokyo office. “Comprehensive change must come from the top: the central government must commit to enforcing stringent measures to ensure Japan can no longer be implicated in the demise of African Elephants.”
One fifth of Africa’s Elephants have been lost in the last decade. The new report highlights the rapid changes that the private sector and enforcement measures can bring about—actions that need to be replicated in all countries with unregulated ivory
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Yesterday, Beyond Meat announced the addition of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links to its line of innovative and delicious plant-based meat offerings. Designed to deliver the same taste and texture as pork-based links, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links have no GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, synthetic colors, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol, and have 40% less sodium than a leading brand of traditional pork breakfast sausage links.
Marking the brand’s fourth new retail product of 2020 following the launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties, Cookout Classic, and most recently, Beyond Meatballs, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links will roll into grocery stores nationwide, including at select Kroger, Albertsons, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, and more throughout October.
Sold in the meat case with a suggested retail price of $5.99 for eight links, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links feature a signature blend of savory herbs and spices and are a delicious and satisfying plant-based addition to any breakfast spread.
As a result of the brand’s impressive growth in retail, the company’s products are available at approximately 26,000 retail outlets across the United States, and consumers have made their preference for Beyond Meat clear: according to the latest 4-week SPINS data ending 9/6/20, Beyond Meat was the #1 selling brand in all refrigerated plant-based meat. Most recently, the company has focused on expanding its breakfast platform, including doubling its retail distribution of its frozen breakfast sausage patties.
“With demand for plant-based breakfast options continuing to rise and more of us eating breakfast at home, we knew the segment was ripe for innovation,” Stuart Kronauge, Chief Marketing Officer for Beyond Meat, said in a statement. “With the launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links, we are thrilled to introduce another better-for-you plant-based meat option to satisfy consumers’ love of classic breakfast dishes. We think our fans will be excited that they can make restaurant-style breakfast an at-home staple with our new links.”
Beyond Meat’s vision is to be a global protein company capable of serving consumers’ growing demand for delicious, nutritious, and sustainable protein. Recently, the findings from a clinical study using Beyond Meat’s plant-based products were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In the study conducted at Stanford University, researchers evaluated the impact of replacing animal-based meat with Beyond Meat plant-based meat over an 8-week period on cholesterol levels, heart disease risk factors including TMAO levels, and body weight. The study found improvement in key health metrics when participants replaced animal-based meat with Beyond Meat plant-based meat. The results provide yet another data point in a growing field of research about how plant-based meat can help people live healthier lives, and Beyond Meat is committed to supporting further academic and scientific study into the impacts of plant-based meats on health.
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The sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail pet stores is one step closer to being banned in New York State.
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed Bill SB4234, which prohibits the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by retail pet shops; instead, authorizing space in the stores to be used for the adoption of animals.
The bill has now moved to the Assembly for vote. If passed by the Assembly, the critical bill will then head to the Governor’s desk for his signature to establish it as law.
“Today the N.Y. Senate passed my anti-puppy mill bill banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail pet stores,” New York Senator Michael Gianaris, who sponsored the critical bill, said in a post on his Facebook page. He further noted that animals that are sold in pet stores are often sourced from cruel and barbaric mills.
Gianaris was compelled to draft the bill after speaking with local pet store owners and researching the violations of their questionable suppliers. He was left “aghast” at the deplorable conditions that these poor innocent animals have to endure.
On the Senate floor, Gianaris explained that while the public views the “puppy in the window” as cute, most are unaware of the brutal and awful conditions that animals bred by unscrupulous breeders are subjected to; noting that they are treated as commodities and not sentient beings that will become beloved members of people’s families.
“These people are not looking at these animals as lives to be respected, but as a way to make more and more money,” stated Gianaris.
California was the first state to enact such legislation, prohibiting dogs, cats, and rabbits to be sold in retail pet stores; instead promoting adoption from local rescue groups and shelters.
Maryland followed with legislation that only allows pet shops to adopt out dogs and cats that come from local shelters as well.
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