International trade in elephant ivory will remain banned, according to a vote at the World Wildlife Conference, known as CITES, in Switzerland. The decision comes despite a request by several African nations to sell government-owned ivory stockpiles.
Authorities seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory in the city-state, which conservation groups consider a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade. The ivory, which came from nearly 300 African elephants and was worth an estimated £10.4 million, was on its way to Vietnam. The haul also contained 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales, the third major seizure in Singapore this year alone.
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