UK ivory ban list to be extended to include five more species including hippos
Trading ivory from a hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, killer whale and sperm whale will soon be made illegal, the Government has said.
The Ivory Act 2018 came into force last June to protect elephants and ban the import, export and dealing of their tusks.
But it will now be extended to cover five more species after it was revealed they are most at risk of ivory exploitation.
Hippos, walruses and sperm whales are all classed as vulnerable on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list.
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The sale of ivory from the tusks and teeth of five more species will be banned under government plans.
The import, export and dealing of elephant ivory was banned in the UK last year. The animals that could join the list are killer whales, hippos, walruses, narwhals, and sperm whales.
The creatures are hunted and killed for their ivory which is often used in decorative carvings.
The government plans to extend the Ivory Act 2018 to include them.
People found to be breaking the law can be given unlimited fines or be jailed for five years.
Parliament must vote on the extension of the Act before it can come into force.
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Ivory ban to be extended to five new species (msn.com)