China will begin phasing out its ivory industry in an effort to fight poaching

For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out its legal ivory industry, The Guardian reports. At an event this past week, workers destroyed 662kg of confiscated ivory in a symbolic gesture of the country’s commitment to fighting African elephant poaching. China hopes to eventually end the domestic manufacturing and sale of ivory in the country.

“We will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted,” Zhao Shucong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration, reportedly said at the event.

China hasn’t laid out a timeline yet

This move follows China’s decision earlier this year to impose a one-year ban on ivory imports in an effort to…

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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