In positive news for conservation, China has announced that it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017. The legal trading of ivory and associated products has unfortunately seen an increase in the slaughter of African elephants, and this move is aimed at curbing this.
The statement released by the Chinese government outlines that it plans to end their dealings with ivory by the end of March.
The increase in the market for ivory across some of the more affluent parts of China is what has been a driver behind elephant poaching, along with crime syndicates using the legal Chinese market as a cover for illegal activities.
From 2007 to 2014 the number of African Elephants has dropped by roughly 30%, so let’s hope that this has a positive effect all-round.
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