It's now illegal to process or sell elephant ivory in China

January 1, 2018

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Big news to start 2018: in China, it's now illegal to process or sell elephant ivory.

"For many of us in the conservation community," said WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper in a statement, "this is one of the most important pieces of a puzzle needed to save Africa’s elephants from extinction."

"We urge the UK, European Union, and all governments that currently have legal domestic ivory markets," Samper added, "to take further action in 2018 to protect elephants and remove the economic incentives to poach them for ivory—and close their ivory markets for good."

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