China’s ivory trade ban

Many people have been concerned over the ivory trade that has recently been the cause of elephant extinction. According to National Geographic, this ivory trade takes place mainly in Middle Eastern countries, but it still gets to the U.S with illegal exportation.

According to Snap Partnership, the ivory trade is big in China as ivory is in high demand because of its value and looks. There is also legal trading for ivory, according to Snap Partnership, that many people living in China do not like. Their argument against legal ivory trading is that it allows for the importation and smuggling of illegal ivory. The citizens also argue that because of the legal ivory trade it encourages more people to buy ivory, thus increasing the demand.

Elephants have been going extinct at a steady rate, and according to The Chinese Government, the best way to stop it is to shut down the ivory trade in China entirely. This would decrease the amount of elephant deaths by a large amount, but as we know, there will always be illegal poachers, because there is always a loophole somewhere that is overlooked.

The people who sell and carve ivory legally are very sad about this ban. According to Mr. Liu, an ivory carver interviewed by BBC News, he says he feels like a sinner and is very sad. He says that he feels like a sinner, because the generations of carving passed down will die in his hands and care, and that he will not be able to pass it down to his children.

Although the ban has come through on the ivory trade in China, this probably won’t stop poachers and other ivory enthusiasts from continuing to sell and buy ivory illegally. In order to truly put an end to elephant poaching, as well as ivory trading, they would have to work with African countries to help reign in out of control black markets on the continent. Not only this, but expert advisor of the Chinese government, Wei Ji, says that without a legal market the “illegal market will go wild.”

It is clear to see that people love ivory in China, the aforementioned ivory carver felt like a sinner because he couldn’t keep on doing what had been a tradition in China for many, many years. Because people love ivory so much they will just buy it illegally in order to keep getting the stuff they love. This will inflate the already massive ivory black market (it was estimated by The Guardian that 90% of ivory in China is illegal), to a point where tons of people desperate for money will turn to poaching because the rewards financially will be tremendous.

Overall, this ban has multiple good intentions: to shut down something that has been long plaguing China and it’s people, and to try and save a nose diving elephant population. This ban may seem great, but the chances of it helping anything are minimal. China has had many problems in the past with following through, so the possibility of the government not enforcing the changes is very likely. Not only this, but the ban puts elephants at an even higher risk, as the poaching game will soon transform into a high stakes, big money, black market in already criminally challenged countries. Banning ivory might seem like a wonderful idea, but don’t let that fool you, it will hurt elephants even more.

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