America and China Agree to End Elephant Slaughter

China and the United States have committed to ending the trade in elephant ivory. This is good news for elephants and bad news for terrorists.

“The United States and China, recognizing the importance and urgency of combating wildlife trafficking, commit to take positive measures to address this global challenge,” the White House announced at the end of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States in late September.

The United States and China commit to enact nearly complete bans on ivory import and export, including significant and timely restrictions on the import of ivory as hunting trophies, and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory. The two sides decided to further cooperate in joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing, and public education on combating wildlife trafficking, and enhance international law enforcement cooperation in this field. The United States and China decided to cooperate with other nations in a comprehensive effort to combat wildlife trafficking.

America and China have the biggest markets for ivory trinkets, most of which come from the illegal slaughter of as many as 30,000 elephants every year out of a total population of no more than half a million pachyderms.

Ending the ivory trade won’t just save elephants — it will save people, too. African terror groups including Al Shabab, the Lord’s Resistant Army and Sudanese militants fund their operations through poaching.

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