Calling China’s recent conservation move “huge,” a Nairobi-based conservationist is very enthusiastic about a recent change by the Chinese government – a move that was pleasantly unexpected.
They also called on the public at large to refrain in the trade and use of such banned items, giving conservation a major boost as convenient online transactions with such items are now no longer possible.
The move gives rise to hope that the Chinese government, under intense pressure from global conservation groups, will now follow suit and begin in earnest, not just in words, a crackdown on the ivory carving businesses, many of which use blood ivory. A Nairobi-based conservationist, when told of the good news, promptly responded by writing: “This is very, very good news for us. It is a big boost for suppressing demand by taking that form of trading out of the equation
Africa has over the past few years lost thousands of rhinos, especially in South Africa, to the poaching gangs and in Eastern Africa, but also Central and West Africa, where tens of thousands of elephant were wiped out. Tanzania sadly was at the forefront of the slaughter, as their government stood by, either idle or helpless to stem the tide as herd after herd was mowed down in the Selous Game Reserve, where numbers since 2007 reduced by over 50,000 to just around 13,000 elephant now left from the previous 60-70,000 under the previous census.