Weekly Wildlife Wrap-up Stories
Cracking Down on Ivory
This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized new regulations to help protect elephants from the demands of the ivory trade. Previous rules had loopholes that allowed those selling illegal ivory attempt to pass it off as legal. But with the new regulations comes a near-total ban on the commercial trade of ivory in the U.S., putting an end to the trade of products that had served as a cover for illegal ivory. More than 300,000 African elephants are killed for their ivory tusks each year, pushing the species closer to the brink of extinction.
Learn about the new ivory regulations
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Source: Wildlife Weekly Wrap-up – Defenders of Wildlife Blog