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The Canadian government has just announced a ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn, as well as the import of hunting trophies containing these parts.

The landmark measures fulfill a 2021 Ministerial mandate which is a critical step in protecting these iconic species from extinction in the wild.

The important move follows a seven-year campaign by Humane Society International/Canada and has overwhelming support from leading conservationists, animal protection groups, African nations, and notable Canadians.

The African elephant population has declined by 96% over the last century, with scientists warning that they, as well as many rhinoceros species, could become extinct within the next few decades in the absence of global intervention to disincentivize poachers.

Source: World Animal News