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Ivory Looks Best on Elephants

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Do you think that ivory looks much better on elephants than as decorative objects for someone’s table?

China, the world’s largest consumer of elephant ivory, has finally made a resolution to ban the domestic trade and processing of ivory by the end of 2017.

Elephants in Zimbabwe

Since estimates suggest that 70% of legal ivory trade ends up in China, this ban will be a game changer in the conservation effort to save elephants from extinction.

According to WildAid’s Alex Hofford, China’s ban is “the biggest and best conservation news of 2016.”

The resolution covers legal ivory, but it is a huge step toward ending illegal poaching completely because illegal ivory was generally disguised as legal ivory in the past. Now that there will no longer be legal ivory, camouflaging illegally poached ivory and directing it into legal avenues will no longer be possible.

Elephant tusks burning

Kenya burned 105 tons of elephant tusks in April 2016 to bring world attention to the problem of the ivory trade. photo: AFP

World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong’s Senior Wildlife Crime Officer Cheryl Lo recognized the value of China’s new ban. She said “… three of the world’s largest domestic ivory markets, that is China, Hong Kong and the U.S., are being phased out.”

Elephant tusks

International marketing of ivory has been closed since 1989, but legal domestic markets for ivory continued in many countries. In addition to China’s ban, a U.S. ban on ivory went into effect in June 2016. The ban in Hong Kong will not be complete until the end of 2021, but wildlife groups are applying pressure to get Hong Kong to move up its timeline.

Wildlife groups praised the Chinese and U.S. bans which give significant hope that Africa’s elephants will be given the chance to flourish once again.

It’s a happy day for elephants and elephant lovers.

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