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What I did:
I decided to look up on news on the illegal ivory trade as I saw a couple of posters saying that shops should not sell ivory and did a short summary on the article.
Despite a 23-year ban on international trade in ivory, elephants continue to be shot for their tusks. The African elephant risks going extinct. Last year had the highest number of large seizures of illegal ivory for more than two decades. African conservation authorities are facing a continuing battle with poachers. Thousands of elephants are killed each year, with large seizures have amounting to tonnes of ivory that would have come from approximately 700 dead elephants. Reporters estimated the ivory from more than 200 elephants are for sale on a single day. A ban in 1989 rules out international trade, but in 2008, China and Japan were allowed to make direct purchases of legally sourced African ivory, provided there was proper regulation.
Every ivory shop has to be officially registered with the authorities and every item on display is supposed to have its own identification card. At a store in Guangzhou, an undercover team found many items with no accompanying certificate on display.
The decision to allow further legal ivory into the country in 2008 made the situation worse, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Supporters say countries that properly protect their elephants should be allowed to profit from them, while opponents argue that further sales will fuel demand for ivory.Securing the future of Africa's elephant will mean not just beating the poachers but also tackling black-market sales on the other side of the world in China.