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