The end of 2017 saw a new joint agreement between America and China to stop the production of Elephant Ivory and any form of Elephant Ivory sales completely. The announcement of this agreement is a major win for animal activists from around the world. This agreement may even save elephants as a species.
“The Chinese government’s ban on its domestic ivory trade sends a message to the general public in China that the life of elephants is more important than the ivory carving culture,” said Gao Yufang, a Ph.D. student at Yale University, “This is a significant step forward.”
China as a Nation has always had a high demand for these Tusks nationwide. This has on its own been the cause of around 30, 000 African elephants by poachers looking to sell their hunts for a substantial amount of money.
— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) December 29, 2017
Since China has always had a demand for tusks based on their cultural ways. This commodity is seen as a status meter since the material is largely used for chopsticks, carvings and many other things.
This cultural need for Tusks has lead China to fight against the already put in place international ban on the commodity back in 1990. With even promoting the use of this resource, back in 2015 the President Xi Jinping and the US President, Barack Obama had declared they would be co-operating to ban the imports and exports caused by the death of Elephants. This announcement had a slow repercussion, starting with a few factories and retailers. This movement began in March 2017.
“All countries with domestic ivory markets that are contributing to poaching or illegal trade now need to ban ivory if we’re to save Africa’s elephants”.
— Foreign Office 🇬🇧 (@foreignoffice) December 29, 2017
It is difficult to predict to what extent China’s ivory ban can reduce elephant poaching in Africa because many factors are at play,” said Yufang, “But it has been observed that in China prices of ivory products have dropped considerably, and the market is already shrinking.”
Even though there is some progress that can be seen, there is not much being done about the illegal trading that still happens in the shadows. The illegal selling and buying of Ivory will not hindered by marketing against the use of Ivory. It will still be awhile before true progress shall be made.
In just a few hours China – the world’s biggest consumer of ivory – will close down the last of its 172 ivory carving factories and introduce a complete ban on ivory sales. Let us make #2018 a turning point for elephants.
— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) December 31, 2017
As National Geographic reports:
“In Chinese the word for ivory is xiangya, meaning “elephant tooth,” which has led many to believe erroneously that ivory can be taken from an elephant without inflicting harm.
“The non-profit International Fund for Animal Welfare did polling in 2007 in China that found that 70 percent of respondents didn’t realize an elephant had to be killed to take its ivory.”
Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
There is still much ground to cover in spreading awareness against Ivory and the Ban itself. Statistics show that only 19% of the Nation of China were even aware that a Ban being implemented. Even still, about 86% of people who know about the forward motion to the ban agree that something is being done about it.
“By closing its ivory markets, China is showing its commitment to end its role in the poaching epidemic plaguing Africa’s elephants,” said Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund, “It is critical that efforts to enact the ivory trade ban are accompanied by efforts to change consumer behaviour to reduce demand.”
Today is a MONSTER day and a very historic day in the land of poaching.
China bans all ivory sales today.
It’s HUGE for our animals!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) December 31, 2017
The campaign for spreading awareness is being led by the China’s State Forestry Administration. Besides beginning the Ban agreements, are also planning to spread more awareness through education. This will be a priority in changing the view culturally through the means of posters, videos and articles in all media forms. Everyone will begin to respect these wonderful creatures and the law protecting them. There is no real need to consider using Ivory for anything.