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Secrets Of Ivory Trade In Australia

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There are no laws banning domestic trade in Australia but under international rules, no elephant specimens can be imported for personal or commercial uses, except for scientific research or under a certificate proving the specimen predates 1975.
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A first-ever comprehensive investigation into the sale of ivory and rhino horn in Australian and New Zealand auction houses has found the trade is flourishing. Across a nine-month period, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) found 2,772 ivory items for sale at 175 auctions in 21 auction houses across the two countries.
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Elephants are now being decimated at a rate of 25,000 a year, on a remaining population of half a million. Ivory is now selling for up to $1000/kg in Beijing, far more precious than gold or cocaine.

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Owner and director of Vickers and Hoad Colin Vickers said that the value of ivory in Australia had dropped 50 per cent in the last five years proved demand was declining.
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But Australia now needs to work with China, and regional transit states Vietnam, Malaysia and The Philippines, to share intelligence with regional customs agencies on illegal wildlife trade, as well as support regional wildlife enforcement networks.

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