December 13, 2017
Consumers widely support the national ivory ban that will take
the end of this year in China, but public awareness is still
to a report released on Tuesday by two NGOs.
Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed by the NGOs said they would
More than half of past ivory buyers have stopped buying,
according to the
report, which was produced by TRAFFIC and the World Wildlife
The State Forestry Administration, which manages the ivory
in January that all commercial ivory processing and trading will
at years end.
The ban has been widely hailed by the international community as
that, if rigorously enforced, could help stop the poaching and
decline of the African wild elephant population.
China has shown great leadership on this urgent issue within a
plagued by illegal wildlife trade activity, which is exacerbated
markets. It is a huge step forward and a clear commitment to
future for Africas elephants, said Margaret Kinnaird, WWFs
The next few months will be absolutely critical for the ban to
effectively enforced and communicated. We remain confident that
doors to the largest legal ivory trade close, we start 2018 a
to securing a world where demand for ivory is significantly
China had closed 12 processors and 55 retailers as of March this
There are 105 ivory producers and stores in the list, mostly in
Shanghai, and Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces.
But among the 2,000 total survey respondents in 15 cities, only
can recall the regulation on ivory trade on their own, while
percent can recall the ban when prompted.
Moreover, the survey also found that 1 in 5 consumers of ivory
persistent buyers, implying that they still intend to buy after
the ban is
implemented. But 62 percent of the persistent consumers are
reconsider future purchases, suggesting the potential to make
their mind through effective messaging.
Experts suggest that improving understanding and knowledge of
trade ban is essential and will provide a foundation for
messaging aimed at changing attitudes and behavior.
Raising awareness about the law and the consequences of
violating it could
foster an environment that allows China to have a greater
consumer behavior, said Zhou Fei, head of the TRAFFIC China
the WWF China Wildlife Trade Programme.
In 1981, China signed the Convention on the Int...