Singapore to ban sale of ivory from 2021


Widespread trade: Elephant ivory is coveted because it can be fashioned into items like combs, pendants and other jewellery. — AP

Singapore: Singapore said it will impose a blanket ban on the 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 tonnes of contraband tusks from an estimated 300 African elephants valued at US$12.9mil (RM54.2mil)

The cargo was found 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.

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

Violators face a jail term of up to one year and fines on conviction.

Public consultation by the government last year showed that 99% of those who responded were in favour of a total ban.

Singapore banned international trade in elephant ivory products since 1990.— AFP


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