Kenya hails ivory ban by China
China’s latest ban on the processing and sale of ivory products marked a historic milestone in efforts to save African elephants from poaching, Kenyan wildlife officials have said. Richard Leakey, chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, hailed the Chinese government’s decision, saying it would revitalise global action on illegal trade in trophies. “I was pleased to learn about China’s action that will sound a death knell to ivory trade. I hope other nations will follow China’s example,” Leakey said.
The Chinese government, on December 30, announced it would phase out processing and sale of ivory by the end of this year. Beijing had previously imposed a three-year ban on ivory imports in a bid to strengthen the global war against illegal trade in critical wildlife species.
Leakey said China’s landmark ban on trade in ivory products had inspired the international community at a time efforts had gathered steam to halt loss of African elephants due to poaching and climatic stresses.