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2 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

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AFP, BEIJING:  China’s com-plete ban on ivory trade went into effect Sunday, officials said, a major step forward in Beijing’s efforts to rein in what was once the world’s largest market for illegal ivory.

“From today... the buying and selling of elephant ivory and goods by any market, shop or vendor is against the law!” the forestry ministry said on its official account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

“From now on, if a merchant tells you ‘this is a state-approved ivory dealer’... he is duping you and knowingly violating the law.”

The ministry added that the ban also applied to online sales and souvenirs purchased abroad.

According to the Xinhua state news agency, a partial ban had already resulted in an 80 per cent decline in seizures of ivory entering China.

 

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