Breaking News! Taiwan Announces Plans To End Its Domestic Ivory Market By 2020!

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the UK will introduce a ban on ivory sales to help protect elephants, comes more good news!

This morning, WAN learned that Taiwan has become the latest territory to announce plans to close its domestic ivory market.

According to TRAFFIC, the Council of Agriculture presented amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Act yesterday that would result in the phase-out of Taiwan’s remaining domestic ivory market by 2020, while recommending stiff penalties for anyone found to be involved in illegal trade.

“This announcement is another step forward for the conservation of African Elephants,” Joyce Wu, Senior Programme Officer for TRAFFIC in Taiwan said in a statement. “In addition to ivory from existing stockpiles, steps should be taken to address illegal ivory imports into Taiwan so as not to undermine the market closure.”

The import and re-export of ivory have been banned in Taiwan since 1989, with domestic trade permitted only in stocks registered in 1995.

Recent cases, however, have highlighted a continuing problem with illegal ivory trade in the region. One such incident occurred on the March 4th when an individual was caught on suspicion of attempting to smuggle concealed ivory carvings into Taipei from Osaka, Japan.

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