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China to Ban its Ivory Trade by the end of the Year
Tusk is delighted that 2017 has got off to a great start following last week’s historic announcement from the Chinese Government that it will bring an end to its domestic ivory trade by the end of the year. The move has rightly been hailed as a "game-changer" for elephants, as it should end much of the widespread and large-scale poaching that has been decimating populations.
Registered legal ivory processors and traders will be phased out by March 31st, and the country’s legal commercial ivory trade will be shut down completely by the end of the year. Enforcement and education efforts to prevent the illegal ivory trade will be intensified, and alternative livelihoods will be developed for those such as master carvers currently working in the ivory industry.
Tusk’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge has played a very prominent role in encouraging the Chinese Government to take such decisive action, and has drawn considerable attention to the poaching crisis at many of our recent events and elsewhere.
We are meanwhile working as of a coalition of conservation NGOs and actively engaging with the UK Government to help them fulfil their manifesto commitment of a total ban on the ivory trade within the UK. Read more about the Chinese announcement and the ongoing campaign here.