We Need Your Help! Please Submit Your Support For The Proposed Ban On The Sale Of Elephant Ivory In Singapore By Noon On December 27th


In a remarkable move, the government of Singapore has proposed a complete ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory in the country.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the agency responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health in Singapore, explained on its website that that if passed, the ban would completely prohibit local businesses and individuals from selling or buying all forms of elephant ivory products in Singapore.

Display of elephant ivory in public would also be banned, except when used for educational purposes such as museums.

The ban, under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, would also allow for a grace period of up to three years to provide the affected stakeholders time to decide what to do with their existing stocks of elephant ivory and ivory products. As per the department, local businesses and individuals who own ivory can consider keeping, donating, or destroying the ivory.

“This is welcome news after China implemented its domestic ban on ivory sales earlier this year and recently upheld its 25-year ban on rhino horn and tiger parts,” Peter Knights, WildAid CEO, said in a statement. “With Singapore joining the global community in prohibiting ivory sales thus doing its part to help alleviate the poaching crisis, Japan remains the last major ivory market that allows legal sales.”

Hong Kong passed legislation to ban the city’s ivory trade in January 2018, although the new law will not be fully implemented until December 2021. Taiwan has announced that it will ban ivory sales by January 2020.

AVA is currently requesting public comments pertaining to the suggested ban on sale of elephant ivory and ivory products in Singapore. The deadline for feedback during the consultation period is at Noon on Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Members of the public are urged to send messages of support for the proposed ivory ban to the Singapore government by emailing AVA_CITES@ava.gov.sg.

Comments can also be made via mail by sending a letter to: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (Headquarters) at JEM Office Tower, 52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550 (Attn: QIG/Wildlife – Public Consultation).

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