China Faces Poach­ing Stigma

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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

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