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Will China Go Ivory Free?

On Friday, WildAid attended an ivory destruction event in Beijing, where nearly 1,500 pounds of tusks and carvings were destroyed.

During the event, Zhao Shucong, head of China’s State Forestry Administration, announced that China "will strictly control ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted.”

WildAid CEO Peter Knights told The Guardian that China's announcement was significant, though WildAid would wait to see whether such a pledge would be delivered, as a timeline for the phase-out was not set. It's also unclear whether such a phase-out would apply to all ivory sales, or just government sales.   

“In our recent survey, 95% of Chinese supported a total ban on ivory sales. This would be the next logical step for China, as well as the greatest single measure to reduce poaching in Africa,” Knights said. 

Click here for more coverage of the event from NYT's Vanessa Piao and Cherie Chan.