Officials seize snares and ivory products in sweep

PROTECTED SPECIES: Many cases of illegal treatment of wildlife were reported by members of the public, showing that conservation awareness has improved

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 18, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Officials seized 20 illegal animal snares and three ivory products in Taipei and Kaohsiung in a two-week

An inspector from the Keelung Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office and a police officer inspect a restaurant in Keelung as part of a nationwide sweep in an undated photograph.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times, courtesy of the Forestry Bureau

nationwide sweep, the Forestry Bureau said yesterday, adding that the sale of all ivory products would be banned from January next year.

A task force comprised of officials from the bureau, local governments and the National Police Agency from July 1 to Sunday inspected 447 stores selling animals, wild foods, hardware and agricultural equipment.

Officials looked for illegally hunted or traded animals after the bureau on Jan. 9 revised its list of protected land species, bureau Conservation Division Director Hsia Jung-sheng (夏榮生) said.

Officials also cracked down on the unlawful use of snares, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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