EUROPEAN UNION PLANNING A FULL BAN ON RAW IVORY EXPORTS
Though having no elephants, Europe is responsible for exporting the most raw and carved ivory to the world. Despite bans on international ivory trade since 1990, European vendors had received an exemption to export ivory “harvested” before the international regulations went into place. However, falsified records allowed illegally collected ivory into the market; 2016 was another record year of ivory seizures across the continent. Consequently, the EU is set to ban all exports of raw ivory starting this July, noting that the definition of “raw ivory” excludes: pieces that qualify as cultural, educational, and scientific artifacts; worked ivory items; and trade within the EU. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/22/eu-set-to-ban-raw-i….