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China to ban ivory trade by the end of 2017

Source: BBC
December 7, 2016

On the eve of the New Year China made a promising gift, announcing a ban on ivory trade by the end of 2017.

The environmental organizations already called this decision "historic", BBC says.

“China’s announcement is a game changer for elephant conservation,” Carter Roberts, president and chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement. “With the United States also ending its domestic ivory trade earlier this year, two of the largest ivory markets have taken action that will reverberate around the world.”

We are glad that this ban was slightly inspired by our film. In our documentary 'Ivory. A Crime Story', as a first point of our recommendations about how to deal with the problem of elephant extermination, we mentioned the 10-year moratorium on ivory trade and ivory destruction.