Major implications for ivory trafficking as research reveals that only three cartels control most illegal trade, according to research.
The Elephant Protection Initiative takes a long view and considers the changing role of China in the illegal ivory trade.
Several African countries with some of the world’s largest elephant populations will push this year for looser controls on legal ivory trade, while another group of countries on the continent says more restrictions are the best way to curb the illegal killing of elephants for their tusks.
With a prohibition on the sale of nearly all antiques containing ivory, the new legislation will create the toughest ban on ivory in Europe.
China’s complete ban of the buying and selling of ivory products went into effect on Sunday.
A new report has revealed that China’s neighbouring country, Laos, has now become the fastest growing African ivory market in the world.
Hanko stamps are the Japanese version of a signature, used throughout Japan to sign deals and important documents, and are made out of a variety of materials, including elephant ivory.