Wildlife

EIA’s wildlife campaign delivers lasting protections for some of the world’s most iconic species threatened by illegal trade and habitat degradation. Since its inception in 1984, EIA has been dedicated to protecting our world’s wildlife, relying on the best available scientific and trade data and intelligence from investigations, to support policies and actions that protect threatened and endangered species. EIA’s work focuses on stopping the illegal and unsustainable killing of, and trade in, threatened and endangered species like elephants and rhinos, and protecting the Arctic home of belugas and other whales and the forest habitats of great apes like orangutans.

Wildlife Campaign Goals

  • Restore healthy populations of elephants, rhinos, orangutans, and beluga whales across their natural ranges;
  • Cease the illegal and unsustainable killing of threatened and endangered species and the illegal trade in their parts; and
  • Prevent and reverse habitat destruction and degradation to support the protection and restoration of intact ecosystems for threatened species.

Wildlife Campaign Impacts

  • EIA’s groundbreaking investigation into the illegal ivory trade tracing ivory from Africa through the Middle East to Asian markets provided key evidence that helped secure the 1989 ban on international ivory trade.
  • Since 2006, EIA has persuaded 3,500 Japanese supermarkets, as well as e-commerce sellers Amazon and Google’s Japanese shopping sites, to cease the sale of whale and dolphin products, eliminating more than $60 million of cetacean products from the Japanese market.
  • After years of campaign work, large and influential retailers Rakuten Ichiba and Yahoo! Japan ceased selling elephant ivory on their platforms, in 2017 and 2019 respectively, eliminating mass quantities of product from the Japanese market.
  • EIA’s release of the “Pebble Tapes” had a game-changing impact on the likelihood of success of the proposed Pebble Mine project, a highly controversial proposed massive copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Ultimately the project permit was rejected.

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