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California cracks down on illegal ivory trade

February 16th 2017:

Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of ivory has been seized from shops in LA County, after authorities inspected 10 shops for illegal wildlife products.

This active approach comes just over six months after a new law came into effect, imposing a near-total ban on commercial trading of ivory within the state. According to a spokesman for California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “the grace time has seen its light”. Offenders in infringement of the new regulations could now face fines of up to $40,000 for first time offenders, as well as jail time.

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