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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Japan's Rakuten retail site bans ivory sales


One of Japan's largest online retailers has banned the sale of ivory, closing a major marketplace for the controversial trade.

Rakuten is accused of being the world's largest online retailer for elephant ivory, but will now phase out its sale.

The trade is legal in Japan for items imported before 1989 - but no new stock can be brought into the country.

Many other countries have banned the trade outright over concerns that it contributes to elephant poaching.

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Source: BBC News

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