28 Feb '15, 12am

China’s One-Year Ban on African Ivory Carving Imports: What Does it Mean?

China’s One-Year Ban on African Ivory Carving Imports: What Does it Mean?

Photo: Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya (Diana Robinson /Creative Commons) On Thursday, the Chinese governmental agency that oversees the nation’s wildlife trade announced a one-year ban on African ivory carving imports, effective immediately. Though the brief statement was posted online without fanfare, it sparked a global conversation as to what it means and how it could impact the ivory trade. Here’s the full text of the State Forestry Administration’s announcement: Research has led to the decision that from this day effective until Feb 26, 2016, China will ban imports of African ivory carvings acquired after CITES [the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora] took effect. During this period the State Forestry Administration will not handle any import request permits. State Forestry Administration February 26, 2015 So wh...

Full article: http://www.wildaid.org/news/china%E2%80%99s-one-year-ban-...

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