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An elephant walks through the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. China on Friday said it would shut down domestic trade in ivory by the end of 2017, a move intended to curb the slaughter of the African elephants

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017

2017-01-01 - Bejing, China.

China says it will ban all domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, closing down the world’s biggest ivory market in a move wildlife conservationists believe will help curb elephant poaching in Africa. The announcement deals a blow to a global ivory industry sustained in large part by Chinese demand, and comes after years of international and domestic pressure on Beijing to interdict a trade that has threatened the extinction of wild African elephants.


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A police officer stands guard outside an ivory shop during a protest in Hong Kong. Amid growing pressure after China announced on September 25 that it will ban the ivory trade, Hong Kong said it is now “open-minded” to a ban on its legal ivory trade

With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile?

2015-11-12 - Bejing, China.

After years of defending and supporting a legal domestic trade in ivory, China made a big announcement in September: It’s shutting down the trade. The United States is, too. Together, the presidents of both countries have made an unprecedented public pledge to put a stop to all ivory trading—legal and illegal.


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In this photo taken on December 11, 2009, an elephant was performing in a wild animal park in Xishuangbanna, the southernmost prefecture of Yunnan Province

Zoos to Ban Animal Performances

2010-10-27 - Bejing, China.

Zoos and parks across China will be banned from putting up shows of animal performances for extra profits, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said in a notice Tuesday. The notice explains while China´s zoo industry has experienced rapid development, a few profit-driven zoos were found improperly caring for the animals or even involved in gross neglect in some cases.


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3 Headlines about Elephants from Bejing2017-01-01 - Bejing, China - China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017 2015-11-12 - Bejing, China - With Ivory Ban Imminent, What Will Happen to China’s Legal Stockpile? 2010-10-27 - Bejing, China - Zoos to Ban Animal Performances

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