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The illegal ivory trade in China, courtesy of Xi Jinping

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


Courtesy Grace Gabriel, IFAWIllegal Ivory Trade.  Courtesy Grace Gabriel, IFAW

It is well known that China is the world’s number-one destination for illegal ivory.  As the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has observed, the gains brought by the International Ivory Trade Ban have been significantly undermined in recent years by loopholes, one-off sales, and – most significantly – a rapidly expanding market in China newly rich buyers seek consumable symbols of their status in society.  While Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has had some positive results in the area of animal welfare, such as dramatically reducing the sale of shark fins, a new report from the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency presents a disturbing picture of how the illegal ivory trade is being propped up by corruption at the highest levels of the Chinese government.  As reported recently by the New York Times, during Xi Jinping’s March 2013 state visit to Tanzania…

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