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13 Aug 2019, Gergana Bencheva, EMIS Editor

Singapore to ban domestic sale of elephant ivory as of Sept 2021

Singapore plans to impose a blanket ban on the domestic sale of elephant ivory and products as of September 1, 2021, Thai Economic News Service reported. The move is part of the country’s tightened measures against illegal wildlife trade.

If convicted, violators will have to pay a fine and may even face a jail term of up to one year. On the other hand, traders have been urged to donate their ivory stocks to institutions.  

The cabinet took the decision after two years of consultations with non-government groups, retailers and the public. Singapore has already banned international trade in all forms of elephant ivory products since 1990, Thai Economic News Service noted.

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Original source: Thai Economic News