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Move sends strong signal, but true test lies in curbing global trade

It was World Elephant Day yesterday, and Singapore celebrated with a strong conservation message: The domestic trade in elephant ivory will be banned from Sept 1, 2021.

The ban is an important step in signalling Singapore's zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'Move sends strong signal, but true test lies in curbing global trade'. Subscribe