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Can China's ban on ivory sales save Africa's elephants, or will people keep on buying ivory trinkets?

Can China's ban on ivory sales save Africa's elephants, or will people keep on buying ivory trinkets?

In Africa, an elephant is killed for ivory every 26 minutes on average, much of it to supply China’s voracious market. But China on Friday cemented a timeline to help reduce the carnage, pledging to close down its domestic ivory market within a year.

Trade in ivory was banned internationally in 1989, but a loophole allowed southern African countries to hold occasional legal sales of their ivory stockpiles. In 2008, China was given permission by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the international body that regulates the trade in wildlife, to buy ivory legally from several southern African countries.

The move, which...

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