Taipei City cracked down an illegal trade on ivory, after the Mayor Ko’s advocacy NOT to buy ivory tusks

Taipei City cracked down an illegal trade on ivory,
after the Mayor Ko’s advocacy NOT to buy ivory tusks
 
The Taipei City Animal Protection Office received information from the Council of Agriculture; working together with the National Police Agency found 142 ivory products and 7 hawksbills turtle products on 4 March, all of which were confiscated on the spot due to the violation against the Wildlife Conservation Act.  
 
The Office said, those ivory products were seized from a second-hand antique dealer whose store collects a large number of ivory products. Under the 35th Article of the Wildlife Protection Act the protected wildlife and its products shall not be traded or displayed or exhibited in public areas without the permission of the [local] Authorities.
 
 
The chief of the Office Yen Yi-feng (嚴一峰) added that 3 March is the UN World Wildlife Day; elephant populations are in decline at an alarming rate due to severe poaching. People should take the Act seriously and obey it. Mr. Yen called for not buying ivory products, just like the slogan of “When the buying stops, the killing can, too”.
 
Following what Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) had advocated on this year’s World Wildlife Day for not buying ivory tusks, the Taipei City government again made an admirable hit on combating wildlife crime.
 
By Hank / Staff reporter of Animals' Voice of Taiwan 
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