A press release made accessible in New York on Wednesday by the U.S. Division of State, famous that U.S. and China are the 2 world’s largest markets for ivory.
“On Dec. 30, 2016, China introduced its plans for implementing a ban on home industrial commerce of ivory.
“This dedication follows the US’ personal close to-whole ivory ban enactment on July 6, 2016.
“We welcome China’s announcement. It units an bold, however achievable, timetable to enact a close to-complete ban on home industrial gross sales of ivory by Dec. 31, 2017.
“America and China have labored intently on technical facets of our respective bans to assist shut two of the biggest markets for ivory gross sales on the planet.
“The USA stays dedicated to the worldwide consensus on the significance of shutting down home ivory markets so as to defend and preserve the world’s remaining populations of untamed elephants.”
The U.S. regretted that over the previous decade, elephant poaching had continued at unsustainable ranges.
“The Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature estimated that roughly 20 per cent of Africa’s remaining elephants had been killed throughout that point, with as many as 20,000–30,000 killed yearly.
“Elephant poaching is pushed primarily by the unlawful commerce in ivory, which fuels a part of the roughly 23 billion U.S. dollars in unlawful wildlife trafficking annually – one of many 5 most profitable unlawful trades on the planet, in accordance with the UN Growth Programme.
“Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping recognised the function that authorized home ivory markets continued to play in supporting the unlawful killing of animals, which led to their historic joint settlement in September 2015.”
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