Aware­ness of ivory ban to get boost

China Daily European Weekly - - New Digest -

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.

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