Hope for elephants: Ivory demand drops in China

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The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as that country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report. That’s great news for the world’s largest land animals.

Estimates suggest that an elephant is killed for its tusks every 15 minutes.

Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. The United States and China have been working together to reduce demand in both countries. The two nations announced in 2015 their commitments to enact near-complete bans on the domestic ivory trade, which has been fully implemented in the U.S.

China is making progress: One-third of its ivory factories and retail outlets are to be shut down by March 31, and the rest should be closed by the end of this year.

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