China, USA to ban trade in ivory
IN A bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September-end, the Chinese and American presidents announced that the two countries would take swift action to protect elephants from the ongoing poaching crisis. In a joint statement, the presidents committed to enacting "nearly complete bans on ivory imports and exports, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies," and promised to "take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory". The US government had already committed to a "near total ban" on ivory trade. It is estimated that 35,000 elephants are killed every year—or one every 15 minutes.