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U.S. to ban most commercial trade of elephant ivory

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said it would ban commercial trade of elephant ivory by prohibiting its import, export and resale within the United States, with a few exceptions.

The steps are part of a broad effort announced Tuesday by the White House to stem a global boom in wildlife trafficking that threatens species such as the African elephant and the rhinoceros with extinction.

“Record high demand for wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative measures and weak institutions, has resulted…

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