IVORY TRADE: China to Start Phasing Out the Trade in an Effort to Fight Poaching

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About time, China.

For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out its legal ivory industry, The Guardian reports.

At an event this past week, workers destroyed 662kg of confiscated ivory in a symbolic gesture of the country’s commitment to fighting African elephant poaching. China hopes to eventually end the domestic manufacturing and sale of ivory in the country.

“We will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted,” Zhao Shucong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration, reportedly said at the event.

This move follows China’s decision earlier this year to impose a one-year ban on ivory imports in an effort to reduce illegal trading.

Since 1989’s international ivory trade ban, China has seized around 90,600 pounds of ivory, according to National Geographic.

Read more: theverge.com

 

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