Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) © / Inaki Relanzon / WWF

Shell Shocked Japan's role in the illegal tortoiseshell trade

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) © / Inaki Relanzon / WWF


Published 31 May 2021

New report raises concerns about ongoing illegal tortoiseshell trade in Japan

Tokyo, Japan 31 May 2021 - A report issued today by WWF, TRAFFIC and Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund (JTEF) reveals weak regulation and enforcement in Japan is likely to be facilitating illegal trade in Hawksbill Turtle.

Shell Shocked: Japan's Role In The Illegal Tortoiseshell Trade

Report author(s):
Tomomi Kitade, Masayuki Sakamoto, Chris Madden Hof.

Publication date:
May 2021


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