Decision applauded by Humane Society International, which encourages China to implement a permanent ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 26, 2015)v— Voice of America reported Thursday that China has announced a one-year ban on the import of all ivory products, which took immediate effect immediately.
China’s State Forestry Administration announced the move days ahead of a visit to China by Britain’s Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking, according to VOA. Beijing is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but is the world’s largest consumer of illegal ivory, with demand leading to the slaughter of thousands of wild African elephants annually.
In response to the Chinese government’s announcement that it will suspend the importation of carved African elephant ivory effective until Feb. 26, 2016, Iris Ho, director of wildlife for Humane Society International, issued the following statement:
“This announcement is an encouraging signal that the Chinese government is ratcheting down the import of African elephant ivory into the country. We are hopeful that more meaningful actions are being considered by the leadership and relevant government agencies of China that will further strengthen the country’s efforts on combating the elephant poaching and ivory trafficking crisis. We also encourage China and other countries to permanently ban domestic ivory trade and destroy all confiscated ivory stockpiles.”
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