US announces near-total ban on trade of African elephant ivory

June 2, 2016
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US announces near-total ban on trade of African elephant ivory/FILE
US announces near-total ban on trade of African elephant ivory/FILE

, WASHINGTON, Jun 2 – US authorities announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory Thursday, finalizing a years-long push to protect the endangered animals.

“Today’s bold action underscores the United States’ leadership and commitment to ending the scourge of elephant poaching and the tragic impact it’s having on wild populations,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said.

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