More on the ivory trade: China announces a one-year ban

Chinese actress Li Bingbing, second from right, and business leaders endorse ivory trade ban at the launch of a public service advertisement, Dec 5, 2014. [chinadaily.com.cn]

Chinese actress Li Bingbing, second from right, and business leaders endorse ivory trade ban at the launch of a public service advertisement, Dec 5, 2014. [chinadaily.com.cn]

Magnus Fiskesjo (Cornell University and NYU-Shanghai) recently posted this update on H-Asia on the recent announcement of a one-year moratorium on ivory imports in China.  Also, a New York Times report on it can be found here.  The report is fairly dismissive of the move, quoting Shruti Suresh of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency saying “It’s just window dressing.”  Suresh and other wildlife activists “fear that the Chinese government, which has openly called for relaxing international ivory trade limits, will use the yearlong moratorium as an excuse to say a ban failed to stop poaching and then call for the reopening of the international trade in ivory at the next major Cites conference, to be held in 2016.”  None of this is discussed by Fiskesjo, but he usefully points out that the ban may be timed to coincide with Prince William’s visit to China.  The Prince apparently has strong conservation interests and has been working with Yao Ming and David Beckham on anti-poaching publicity.

Prince William visiting Wild Elephant Valley in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan (British Embassy Photo via Shanghaiist)

Prince William visiting Wild Elephant Valley in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan (British Embassy Photo via Shanghaiist)

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