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Hope for elephants: China vows to shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

Hope for elephants: China vows to shut down ivory trade by end of 2017

China promised Friday to close down its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017, a decision greeted by environmentalists as offering real hope to curb a poaching crisis that is wiping out tens of thousands of elephants across Africa.

"China's announcement is a game changer for elephant conservation," said Carter Roberts, president and chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund in a statement. "The large-scale trade of ivory now faces its twilight years, and the future is brighter for wild elephants."

The National Resources Defense Council, a New York-based environmental advocacy group, said the news "may be the biggest sign of hope for...

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