Activists seek total ivory ban in China
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.