Ivory Trade in China to Be Fully Prohibited in Coming Year

Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush

Seized ivory slated for destruction in the crush. Image: USFWS Mountain-Prairie.

China will introduce a nation-wide ban on the sale of ivory items and will prohibit ivory processing by the end of next year, the country’s State Council said.

BEIJING (Sputnik) – The ban will be introduced gradually, starting from March 31, 2017 and should be fully enforced across the entire territory of China by December 31, 2017, the council said in a statement posted on its website.

The ban aims to protect elephants, as thousands of them are slaughtered annually for their ivory. The new measure will apply to all trading, including internet sales and street markets.

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