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China to phase out commercial ivory trade

Xinhua, Dec 31, 2016

China will gradually stop the processing and sales of ivories for commercial purposes by the end of 2017, according to the central government website on Friday.

The move will affect the country's 34 processing enterprises and 143 designated trading venuesThe decision came after the country imposed a three-year ban on ivory imports in March this year in an escalated fight against illegal trading of wild animals and plants.

Before that deadline, law enforcement agencies will continue to clamp down on illegalities associated with the elephant's tusk, the official said.

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