By Elga Reyes
Two environmental groups on Tuesday announced their deep disappointment over Softbank Corporation’s continued advertisements of endangered animal products on Yahoo! Japan.
In a joint statement, London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Washington DC-based Humane Society International (HSI) revealed how the Japanese firm allegedly refused their appeal for Yahoo! Japan to stop the sale of elephant ivory and whale and dolphin goods on its website.
Softbank is the majority stockholder in Yahoo! Japan, a local version of the popular search engine and online information portal. Softbank’s internet business unit earned US$4 billion in revenues in 2012, EIA and HSI reported.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, another non-government organisation, “It is almost impossible to obtain reliable figures for the value of illegal wildlife trade.” They added that the trafficking of animal parts is similar to the illegal trade of drugs and weapons.
Just recently, various media reported that $5 million worth of illegal ivory and leopard skins were discovered in Hong Kong, the second bust in a series of ivory seizures in a month.
Despite the international trade ban in ivory, Yahoo! Japan has a list of nearly 8,000 ads for elephant ivory. This is three times the amount of advertisements in March, when similar websites Amazon and Google started to impose a ban on the marketing of elephant ivory and whale products. More....