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China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

Staff Writer | January 2, 2017
China will ban the processing and sale of ivory for commercial purposes by the end of 2017, closing down the world’s biggest ivory market.
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Nature   China has been toughening regulations on ivory trading
The State Council and the State Forestry Administration announced late Friday a decision hailed by conservation groups as “historic” for the future preservation of elephants.

By the end of March, authorities will shut down some of the 34 ivory processing enterprises and 143 sale outlets operating legally in the country, while all commercial activity will be banned by Dec. 31, 2017.

Under the ban, the government will not allow shops or online stores to offer products containing ivory and only non-commercial spaces, including museums, will have permission to exhibit such products.

China has been toughening regulations on ivory trading in recent years.