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    Ivory trade finished in China

     

    According to a report by Save the Elephants, the Chinese clamp down on the ivory trade has pushed the prices of ivory down, and the number of elephants killed in the last three years down by 65 percent.

     

    The move affects 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues, with all of them to close, in the world's once largest ivory market. 

    In 2015, China joined global efforts to announce it would phase out the ivory trade and ban imports of ivory and ivory products.

     

    SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): MO JUNHANG, Vice Director, Guangzhou Daxin Ivory Craft Factory 

    The trading ban will put ivory carving craftsman out of business.

    The doors to the ivory trade in China close on Dec. 31, 2017, and the world starts 2018 a step closer to a land free of the slaughter of endangered animals.

    The State Forestry Administration said China honors its commitment to ending commercial processing and sales of ivory by the end of 2017, adding it was China's new year gift to the elephant. 

     

     

    The Chinese government shut down 67 ivory-carving workshops and retail outlets in March, and the remaining 105 were closed by the end of 2017.

    "Our factory will transform in accordance with the policy. We will switch to a cultural enterprise, and do things like education and training of carving skills."  

    The State Forestry Administration said the Chinese authorities will continue to clamp down on ivory collection as well as processing, sales, transportation and smuggling of elephant tusks. 

     

     

     

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