China Faces Poaching Stigma
killing of elephants in Africa, say the authors, seasoned ivory market researchers Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin.
The researchers visited eight ivory-carving factories and found 275 retail outlets selling ivory in Beijing and Shanghai, surveying prices, types and overall numbers of artefacts on sale and compared the results with what they had found on previous surveys in 2002.
“Every metric on the ivory trade has exploded upwards in recent years. The prices of raw and worked ivory in China, number of licensed carving factories, retail outlets both illegal and legal, items on sale, all have shot up. Meanwhile, the weight of ivory seized and number of elephants being killed in Africa have also increased,” say the authors.
They found an alarming trend that the growing legal ivory trade in China is providing a smokescreen for illegal activity. The number of authorised factories