Last week March for Elephants, along with the Environmental Investigation Agency, held a last minute protest in Santa Clara California to send a message to Yahoo! Japan, NO MORE IVORY SALES. Yahoo! Japan is the world’s largest online ivory trader, which results in $10 million in ivory sales each year. On Thursday June 30, 2016, Yahoo! held a shareholders meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara and elephant lovers and animal rights activists were there to express their disapproval that Yahoo!, who owns 35% of Yahoo! Japan shares, has not attempted to shut down Yahoo! Japan’s ivory trade, and refuses to do so. The online ivory trade is responsible for the sale of more than 16 tons of ivory sold between 2012 and 2015.
Approximately 25 people showed up to support the cause, according to Julie Callahan of March for Elephants. Police officers showed up to ask what was going on and acknowledged that the protest was a peaceful one. Yahoo! employees also inquired about the protest and were unaware of the ivory sales of Yahoo! Japan. Those who spoke with demonstrators were in full support of the protest. Fliers were handed out, and a large mobile banner with the message “No one says Yahoo! for dead elephants” and the hashtag #stopyahooivory drove around the site to spread the word.
Online ivory trading has not been in the spotlight as of late, but March for Elephants and EIA want to bring attention to the issue in order to expose the corporations that continue to support it. Google and Amazon refuse to sell ivory on their websites. Lets convince Yahoo! to follow in their footsteps. Support the global ban on ivory by signing this petition by AVAAZ to ask Yahoo! to stop the ivory trade on Yahoo! Japan’s trading site.
ANOTHER ACTION TO PROTEST IVORY TRADING BY YAHOO! JAPAN IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th, 11:00am-1:30pm. PLEASE JOIN US!