27 February 2014

Botswana Hails China for Showing Commitment Towards Fighting Illegal Ivory Trade

Photo: Sabahi Online
Kenya police net ivory at the Mombasa port.

Gaborone — Botswana's President Ian Khama on Wednesday hailed the Chinese government for showing unlimited commitment towards ending illegal trade of ivory.

Addressing the nation about his recent attendance at the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London, Khama said China has of late made tremendous strides in showing commitment towards the end of global ivory trade.

On Jan. 6, 2014, the Chinese government destroyed over 6 tonnes of confiscated elephant ivory and ivory products to help stop the illegal wildlife trade.

The destruction of confiscated elephant ivory and ivory products that happened in the Chinese town of Dongguan in the Guangdong Province was witnessed by a number of representatives from related organizations.

"China's crushing of confiscated ivory is hailed," said Khama in his brief address. He said China's commitment is overwhelming.

"Even last year when Botswana hosted the African Elephant Summit, China pledged to work hand in glove with all the nations to arrest illegal ivory trade," said Khama.

He added that at the just ended London conference, China reiterated its commitment towards fighting poaching and illegal ivory trade.

With a population of over 200,000 elephants, Botswana is host to the biggest population of African elephant in Africa. Botswana has stepped up measures in wildlife protection in past years, and it bans hunting licences as of January 2014.

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