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Friday, October 6, 2017

Wildlife Conservation News: Britain to impose near-total ban on ivory

Britain to impose near-total ban on ivory

The sale of almost all ivory will be banned under new Government plans to stop elephant poaching.

Laws brought in in September 2016 made it illegal to sell ivory which is less than 70 years old, but stopped short of a total ban.

Conservation groups have called for the Government to outlaw almost all ivory items, warning that the UK's legal market has been used as a cover for the illegal trade of elephant tusks.

Setting out proposals for a near-total ban on ivory sales, including antiques, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said declines in elephant populations fuelled by poaching “shames our generation”.

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Source: Independent

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