China Bans Import of Ivory Carvings for One Year

In response to the vast criticism that the demand of ivory in China was decreasing African elephant populations, China announced a one year ban on the import of ivory carvings. This was announced by the State Forestry Administration who oversees China’s wildlife trade. The ban stopped the issuing of import permits for carvings obtained since 1975. However this did not put a stop to China’s legal domestic ivory trade, which is known for smuggling ivory into China’s license carving facilities. If the trophy hunting of elephants does not slow down or stop then elephants may go extinct. It was found that globally between 2011 and 2013 that 104 tons of ivory was collected. However many are worried that this is just a way to say they tried and it failed and they will open the ivory trade back up again.

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