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Protecting extinct woolly mammoths could help save elephants

The woolly mammoth may become the first extinct animal to receive legal protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), The Guardian reports. Poached elephant ivory is often mislabeled as legal mammoth ivory, which is nearly identical, to slip past customs. The new proposal would impose strict regulations on any trade in the extinct mammal’s ivory to eliminate this loophole. Enacting the proposal, put forth by Israel, requires a two-thirds majority vote at the CITES conference, to be held in May in Sri Lanka.

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