Ivory should only be worn by Elephants
On Dec 30 2016 China has announced the ban of the ivory trade, which marks an important step towards protecting the majestic Elephants in Africa.
Kenya set alight 105 tonnes of ivory tusks in April to help tackle the illegal trade
China has announced a ban on all ivory trade and processing activities by the end of 2017.
China's State Council announced the details of the ban on Friday.
The commercial processing and sale of ivory will stop by 31 March, and all registered traders will then be phased out, bringing a full halt to the market by the end of the year 2017.
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".
Elly Pepper, deputy director of wildlife trade for the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised China for its "great leadership" on the issue.
While the international market in ivory has been closed since 1989, legal domestic markets have continued in many countries around the world.
A surge in the killing of elephants over the past seven years has seen populations across Africa shrink by a third, according to the recently published Great Elephant Census.
China had backed the Cites resolution in October, surprising participants with the strength of its support for a ban. Some delegates said Beijing had wanted an even stronger resolution.
We Love Elephants
We love Elephants and to support their protection as well as raising awareness of these issues, we are giving away a FREE Elephant bracelet (worth $15).
Get yours now - while stock lasts. We have the last 200 left. Hurry, Don't miss out!
Get yours here
❤ Please share with your friends and loved ones:
Please share this article with your friends to raise awareness about elephants and their protection. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you in advance.
I love sharing Freebies and Exclusive Discounts with my friends. Let's be friends and connect in: