Since the new year in China, a complete ban on the trading of ivory and ivory products was introduced. Experts see this as a big step in efforts to protect elephants. According to environmental organizations, 30,000 elephants die each year, killed for the sake of their fangs.
The ban also applies to Internet sales, as well as items and souvenirs bought abroad. Its introduction is the final stage of the plan to reduce the trade in ivory in China, which has long been the main market for poachers.
Because of the partial ban, which was introduced earlier, last week on the border of the PRC 80% less ivory has been confiscated. The market price for it has decreased by 65%. In March last year, China had already closed 67 official points selling ivory.
Up to this point, the cost of ivory was up to 1000 euros per kilogram in China, where it is still considered a symbol of special status. The Chinese government, nevertheless, hopes to reverse the situation and launched one of the largest awareness campaigns in this regard. This environmental action involved well-known Chinese people, for example, one of the most recognizable and wealthy people in China – a basketball player, sports commentator, president of the Chinese Basketball Association Yao Ming.
WWF and other environmental organizations, animal rights activists, were very enthusiastic about the news of a complete ban on the trade. “We are very pleased that the doors of the largest ivory market are closed,” WWF responded.
Fred Kumah, director of WWF in Africa, wrote in his blog that over the past eight years, the number of elephants in Central African countries has declined by 66%.