China to Shut Down Its Ivory Trade by the End of 2017
Advocates applaud the move by the world’s largest consumer of ivory, saying it could help save Africa’s remaining elephants.
China will shut down its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, according to an announcement made today by the Chinese government.
The announcement comes more than a year after China's President Xi Jinping and United States President Barack Obama pledged to enact “nearly complete bans” on the import and export of ivory, an agreement Wildlife Watch reporter Rachael Bale described as “the most significant step yet in efforts to shut down an industry that has fueled the illegal hunting of elephants.”
It also follows a commitment made in October by the international community to close domestic ivory markets.
“This is the best New Year’s present I’ve ever had,” says Sue Lieberman, vice president of international policy for the