Awareness of ivory ban to get boost
Consumers widely support the national ivory ban that will take effect at the end of this year in China, but public awareness is still low, according to a report released on Dec 12 by two NGOs. Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed by the NGOs said they would support the ban. More than half of past ivory buyers have stopped buying, according to the report, which was produced by TRAFFIC and the World Wildlife Fund. The State Forestry Administration, which manages the ivory trade, announced in January that all commercial ivory processing and trading will be banned at the end of the year. China had closed 12 processors and 55 retailers as of March this year. There are 105 ivory producers and stores on the list, mostly in Beijing and Shanghai and in Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces.