China’s Ivory Trade

13 Feb

With China’s increase in wealth comes their lust for luxury products, and one thing that the Chinese have their eyes on is ivory, sold both legally and illegally.

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In order to prove the authenticity of ivory in shops, a photo ID card is required to prove that the piece is from legal sources and not smuggled, however many of the ID cards do not match the ivory pieces on display, revealing the corrupt system. China’s efforts to crack down the illegal ivory trade has meant that many smugglers have been jailed and ivory destroyed, but this only makes the demand for ivory increase, and with less of it available, the prices of smuggled ivory increases everyday. Sellers have also turned to the internet and the ease of buying ivory online is worrying. With the number of elephants declining and the pressure from NGOs and conservation groups rising, China must do more to stop the illegal smuggling of ivory.

Grammaticas, D. (2014). Investigating China’s ivory trade. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26165143 (Accessed: 13/02/2014)

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One Response to “China’s Ivory Trade”

  1. cm3g12 February 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Last year a research article was released and stated that the world’s population of Forest Elephants had fallen by 62% from 2002 to 2011.

    Shockingly, a new update on the article says that the figure is now 65% just from the data of 2012 and 2013. The alteration means that in just two years, around two hundred thousand Forest Elephants have been slaughtered for their ivory.

    They are being hunted for their ivory as the market in Asia, and especially China, is becoming lucrative. Clearly the illegal trade in China you’ve mentioned plays an integral part in explaining the fast demise of this species.

    Maisels F, S.S.B.S.W.G.H.J.e.a., 2013. Devastating Decline of Forest Elephants in Central Africa. [Online] Available at: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059469#s1 [Accessed 13 February 2014].

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