How China’s Ivory Trade Ban could Help Combating Elephant Poaching

China had a huge market for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal. The landmark commitment of banning all sorts of ivory trade in China that President Xi Jinping made in the year 2015 is going to implement fully-fledged way from this year. The move of the Chinese authority has taken a great reception by the international community. It has been hailed by conservationists as a crucial step toward combating elephant poaching.

The Dark Side of Ivory Trade and Why it should be Banned-

Apart from the ecological and environmental issues if an animal as important as elephant is going to instinct, there is another dark side of ivory trading that very few of us aware of. Cash-starved terrorist organizations have turned to trading ivory, which the Elephant League has dubbed “the white gold of jihad.” The illegal wildlife trade nets $8 billion to $10 billion a year in all, according to the WWF. A Global Financial Integrity report found that terrorist groups use huge profits from the ivory trade to pay for their violence. We must now collectively act to prevent their further decline by drawing a red line for elephants, and doing everything possible to defend these magnificent iconic species. Poaching is the product of human demand, period. Once there is no longer a market for these animal parts, the killings will stop.

The Positive Impact of China’s Ivory Ban-

The ivory trade will eventually diminish that if there is no demand in the market. Chinese people’s affection with the ivory products will take some time to dissolve, but with the rigid monitoring and the fear of punishment will certainly accelerate the process. Apart from China there is a very little demand for the items made of an elephant tusk. The poachers will not get the price they usually procure from their clients who sell the product for the Chinese market, so it is quite expected the demand will dwindle because of the banning. So as China came to be seen as the main culprit for elephant poaching, attitudes within the country began to shift. Surveys in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – the country’s biggest cities – found that 95% of respondents wanted the government to ban the ivory trade to protect African elephants. The move affects 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venues, with all of them to close, in the world’s once largest ivory market.

Attilio Tagalile, a Tanzanian veteran journalist now working with WWF Tanzania, said China’s ban on ivory trade will considerably help in checking poaching, especially in Tanzania which lost 90 percent of its elephant population in the Selous game reserve, one of the largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of country, between 1982 and 2014.

Wildlife campaigners believe 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year and the Chinese market is the biggest buyer of these products. Since ivory trade was legal in China and had an enormous demand of the ivory items such as trinkets, chopsticks, fashion accessories, jewelry ornaments and other items, for poachers Chinese market was a decadent destination. But the entire scenario is going to be changed from now.

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