Let’s end this tumultuous year with some good news: China has just announced that it will stop selling ivory by March 31, 2017. It plans to stop legal commercial ivory trade by next December 31st.
As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, Asian demand for ivory has been catastrophic for the African elephant population. If populous China follows through with its announcement (and enforces it), this may change the tide and elephants may be saved from extinction. This is especially true if China’s bold decision inspires others, as Elly Pepper from NRDC states:
“Now, it’s crucial other countries with domestic ivory markets, including the UK, follow China’s lead and shut them down…While China is one piece of the puzzle, all countries must work together to end the global ivory trade if we hope to bring elephants back from the brink.”