China's complete ban on ivory trade went into effect on Sunday, officials said, a major step forward in Beijing's efforts to rein in what was once the world's largest market for illegal ivory.
'From today... the buying and selling of elephant ivory and goods by any market, shop or vendor is against the law!' the forestry ministry said on its official account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
'From now on, if a merchant tells you "this is a state-approved ivory dealer"... he is duping you and knowingly violating the law.'
The ministry added that the ban also applied to online sales and souvenirs purchased abroad.
A partial ban had already resulted in an 80 per cent decline in seizures of ivory entering China, according to the Xinhua state news agency. Domestic prices for raw ivory are down 65 per cent, it said.
karystos1, Philadelphia, United States, 9 hours ago
Ummm China kinda lies!!! All the time!
leader11, england, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
At last! Global price has gone down by 65%....
TheDudeMike, London, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Some great news to start 2018!
Redboatme, Augusta, United States, 9 hours ago
A step forward by a surprising country!
doc spoons, bristol, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Ten million cheers for China
iLoveBacon, Baconville, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands, 9 hours ago
Excellent, all they need to do now is stop the same trade in other endangered animals, it won't eliminate the trade but it would dent it enough to slow extinction down