China begins ban on all ivory trade

Commercial handing and selling of ivory in China will cease by April 1

According the BBC, “China has the biggest ivory market in the world – some estimates suggest 70% of the world’s trade ends up there.”

The agreement to support the latest CITES resolution in an effort to stem the extinction of elephants came as a shock back in October, but Chinese delegates claimed Beijing wanted

Conservation group WWF welcomed the latest news, calling it a “historic announcement… signalling an end to the world’s primary legal ivory market and a major boost to international efforts to tackle the elephant poaching crisis in Africa”.

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