Sin­ga­pore to ban sale of ele­phant ivory from 2021

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Sin­ga­pore said Mon­day it will im­pose a blan­ket ban on the do­mes­tic sale of ele­phant ivory and prod­ucts from 2021 as the govern­ment tight­ens its cam­paign against il­le­gal wildlife trade.

The an­nounce­ment on World Ele­phant Day fol­lowed two years of con­sul­ta­tions with non-govern­ment groups, ivory re­tail­ers and the public.

Au­thor­i­ties in the city-state made their largest ever seizure of smug­gled ivory last month, im­pound­ing a haul of nearly nine tons of con­tra­band tusks from an es­ti­mated 300 African ele­phants val­ued at $12.9 mil­lion.

The il­le­gal cargo was dis­cov­ered in a con­tainer from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo be­ing shipped to Viet­nam via Sin­ga­pore and also in­cluded a huge stash of pan­golin scales.

Sin­ga­pore has banned in­ter­na­tional trade in all forms of ele­phant ivory prod­ucts since 1990. Such items could be sold do­mes­ti­cally if traders could prove they were im­ported be­fore that year or ac­quired prior to the in­clu­sion of the rel­e­vant ele­phant species in an in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered species.

In a state­ment Mon­day, Sin­ga­pore’s Na­tional Parks Board banned the sale of ele­phant ivory and prod­ucts with ef­fect from Septem­ber 1, 2021.

Vi­o­la­tors face a jail term of up to one year and fines on con­vic­tion. Traders can do­nate their ivory stocks to in­sti­tu­tions or keep them af­ter the ban takes ef­fect, the board said.

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