Yahoo Japan says it will no longer allow ivory sales on its online auction platform [File: Issei Kato/Reuters]

Yahoo Japan corporation says it will ban the sale of ivory on the country’s largest online auction site, two years after its two largest domestic competitors made a similar pledge. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said it will no longer allow users to sell ivory on its site YAHUOKU!.

Member states of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed to ban the international trade of ivory in 1989. 


Japan banned ivory imports the same year, but allowed the domestic sale of items that were brought in before that law went into effect.


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