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US bans most elephant ivory trade in attempt to curb poaching

12
Feb
2014

Trading elephant ivory is now all but banned in the United States, in a move that the government hopes will curb poaching from elephants dwindling populations. With a series of administrative actions today, the federal government has banned all commercial imports and nearly all commercial exports of elephant ivory. Trade of elephant ivory will be severely limited Because of the actions of poachers, today species like elephants and rhinoceroses face the risk of significant decline or even extinction, Grant Harris, the White Houses senior director for African Affairs, writes in a blog post announcing the new policies.

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