Ac­tivists seek to­tal ivory ban in China

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions have called on the Chi­nese govern­ment to im­pose a to­tal ban on the ivory trade in the coun­try within the next two years, and with no ex­pi­ra­tion date or fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion for those who would lose busi­ness.

Xu Yang, a wildlife trade spe­cial­ist at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in China, said the ma­jor­ity of Chi­nese con­sumers would stop buy­ing ivory prod­ucts if the le­gal trade channel was shut down.

The trade and man­u­fac­ture of reg­is­tered ivory prod­ucts is le­gal in China. In 2008, China got ap­proval from the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the body that reg­u­lates the in­ter­na­tional wildlife trade, to buy about 62 met­ric tons of ivory in a one-time sale from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zim­babwe. Ev­ery year, about 5 tons of that ivory is re­leased into the mar­ket.

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