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The Importance of Closing Domestic Ivory Markets

Behind the elephant slaughter is the demand for ivory trinkets, which is justified worldwide by countries' legal domestic markets for elephant ivory products. Legal domestic ivory markets provide major cover for selling illegal elephant ivory, and undercut effective enforcement. Strong leadership globally will be instrumental in closing down these problematic legal ivory markets and removing regulatory loopholes that support the illicit ivory trade. All nations, particularly those with large ivory markets, should implement permanent and comprehensive bans on commercial ivory trade with immediate effect.

EIA has created a two-page briefing on ending the ivory trade to save elephants. Download and read the briefing here.

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Thirty Years Since the International Ivory Ban, Say Goodbye to Ivory Hanko
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Around 20,000 elephants have been killed every year in Africa, for the past decade at least, to supply the global trade in ivory. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to end international ivory trade in 1989. This year marks thirty years since the ban entered into effect, on January 18, 1990. Still, why does the poaching continue?
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