More African ivory being smuggled into China despite ban: report

More African ivory is being smuggled into China and a ban on trade in ivory has failed to dampen imports, a report said.

Wildlife activists welcomed China’s ban this year on the ivory trade, arguing the move was vital to reducing the slaughter of the endangered species.

But it has not stopped what Save the Elephants called the “prolific growth” in trading in a town in the “Golden Triangle” area.

It is where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, south of China.

There has been a 60 percent growth in new ivory items seen for sale in the Myanmar-China border town of Mong La in the past three years.

90 percent of buyers are Chinese wishing to smuggle the ivory home, the report co-authored by Lucy Vigne and Esmond Bradley-Martin…

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