The Agricultural Committee of the Executive Yuan announced on the 3rd of April 2018 that amendments to the Draft Regulations for the Implementation of the Wildlife Conservation Act, Article 33 and Article 33-3, shall be made. The addition of the conservation authority may invalidate the purchase, sale and display of wildlife products, and display the original consent documents. The regulations stipulate that, as of January 1 of the following year (January), the current domestic “Ivory or ivory processed products” sale and purchase permit shall be formally ended, and the purchase and sale of ivory-related products shall be completely prohibited in order to be in line with international Elephant conservation work. The draft will be a 60-day notice to collect opinions from all sectors of society.
Since ancient times, ivory has been considered as a precious material for jewellery or carving in both Chinese and Western cultures. It has been loved and collected by the public, but because of the massive use of human beings, Elephants are on the verge of extinction. The Forest Service Bureau stated that when the “Wildlife Conservation Law” was amended in full in the year 83, that is, according to the provisions of Article 16 of the Act, the ban on the sale of ivory products and display and display of ivory products in public places was prohibited. In order to ensure the rights and interests of related businesses, the “Inventory Product Management Supplement” has been established in 84 years. The ivory products declared in the current year have been approved by the competent authorities.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the 2016 African Elephant Status Report (2016) stated that the wild African Elephant population has maintained 508,000 heads since the 2006 survey. As of 2015, there will be only 415,000 heads, and the number of ethnic groups has been greatly reduced by about 20%. With the declining trend of ethnic groups, African Elephants may become extinct after 20 years. The report also shows that the use of ivory and poaching is still the greatest threat to the survival of wild Elephant populations. Therefore, in October 2016, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) was held in South Africa. Representatives of various countries discussed the resolution and called on all countries to close down the legal ivory trade market in the country.
The Forest Service stressed that the legally-sold inventory of ivory products must still be subject to examination and approval by the county and city governments for its sale, purchase, display, and display. Violators may be sentenced to 6 months or more and 5 years or less in accordance with Article 40 of the same law and may be fined NT$300,000 up to NT$1.5 million. The revised draft will be able to do a good job in Taiwan’s global biodiversity conservation responsibilities. If people have relevant opinions during the notice, please send it to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Forest Service Bureau will compile opinions from all walks of life. After the overall assessment is amended, it will follow the administrative procedures to handle the announcement.
From an article https://www.forest.gov.tw/forest-news/0062197
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