|China has a stockpile of ivory purchased with CITES approval in 2008, |
which it releases for sale with certification (AFP Photo/FRED DUFOUR)
Beijing (AFP) - China will ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017, state media reported Friday, a move hailed by activists as a "game changer" for African elephants.
Major trafficking routes of large-scale African ivory consignments 2000-2015
(AFP Photo/John SAEKI, Adrian LEUNG)
Xinhua said the complete ban would affect "34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues, with dozens to be closed by the end of March 2017".