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Poacher's market

By Liu Meng (Global Times)

09:13, January 12, 2012

Advertisement posters, pleading the public to say "no" to ivory products, have been placed in many subway stations in cities across China, and have drawn attention to the growing illegal trade of the product in the country.

However, the posters are far from enough to stop the rampant trading of ivory in China. According to a recent survey by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), China has replaced Japan to become the largest market of illegal ivory consumption.

The organization inspected 158 ivory processing and retail locations in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Fuzhou and Putian in Fujian Province, discovering that the number of illegal stores is nearly twice the number of legal ones.

It also said that illegal ivory trades globally have increased from 4,000 cases in 40 countries in 1997 to more than 10,000 cases in 77 countries and regions today.

Hua Ning, the project manager at the IFAW China office, told the Global Times that due to the ivory trade, the number of African elephants has decreased from 1.3 million to 600,000 over the last 20 years.

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