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Friday, October 6, 2017

Wildlife Conservation News: UK bans ivory trade to help end 'horrendous' elephant poaching

UK bans ivory trade to help end horrendous elephant poaching

LONDON - The UK will introduce a "total ban" on the sale and trade of almost all ivory in an attempt to end elephant poaching, the government has announced.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced that his department would be launching a consultation into ending the trade of ivory on Friday, saying he wanted to end the "horrendous" practice of elephant poaching.

There would be a "very limited number of exceptions" to the ban, including musical instruments or items of "genuine artistic significance," in order to protect the "beautiful, iconic animal" Gove told Sky News.

The UK is currently the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world, with pieces carved before 1947 or worked on before 1990 with government certificates legally allowed to be sold.

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Source: Business Insider Nordic

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