Sharp Decline in Ivory Smuggling in China
Beijing – Ivory smuggling in China fell by 80 per cent last year from previous years following a steady crackdown, the government said on Monday.
China will stop commercial processing and sales of ivory by the end of 2017.
Last year, it imposed a three-year ban on ivory imports in an escalated fight against illegal trading of wild animals and plants.
The number of illegal wildlife trade cases has been on the decline since last year, said deputy head of the State Forestry Administration (SFA), Liu Dongsheng.
In December2016, China said it would gradually stop the processing and sale of ivories for commercial purpose by the end of this year.