This disrupts the business model of the criminals.— Dr Colman O’Criodain, WWF
The trade and processing of ivory will cease to be legal in China by the end of the year.
Activists are hailing the announcement as a "game changer" for African elephants.
The ban will affect 34 companies that process ivory and 143 trading venues.
Ivory can reach prices of R15 000 per kilogram in China.
Johan Maytham interviewed WWF Wildlife Trade Specialist Dr Colman O’Criodain.
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).
Most of the ivory being poached is stockpiled speculatively.— Dr Colman O’Criodain, WWF
The fact that they announced this ban internationally will put pressure on them to enforce it.— Dr Colman O’Criodain, WWF
Demand shows no sign of slackening.— Dr Colman O’Criodain, WWF