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February 26, 2015

China Suspends Carved African Elephant Ivory Imports

Decision applauded by Humane Society International, which encourages China to implement a permanent ban

Humane Society International

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In response to the Chinese government’s announcement that it will suspend the importation of carved African elephant ivory effective until Feb. 26, 2016, Iris Ho, wildlife program manager for Humane Society International, issued the following statement:

“This announcement is an encouraging signal that the Chinese government is ratcheting down the import of African elephant ivory into the country. We are hopeful that more meaningful actions are being considered by the leadership and relevant government agencies of China that will further strengthen the country’s efforts on combating the elephant poaching and ivory trafficking crisis. We also encourage China and other countries to permanently ban domestic ivory trade and destroy all confiscated ivory stockpiles.”

Media contact:
Raul Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org +1 240.620.3263

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