More than 7 per cent of the world’s elephants were killed for their tusks in the space of a year – the “worst in history”, according to one researcher.
And with over 40 per cent of the ivory haul bound for China, the biggest market for tusks, Joyce Poole, co-director of conservation group Elephant Voices, is urging Beijing to step in and ban the trade.
“It’s either China does something, or we lose the elephants. It’s that big,” Poole said. “If we can’t even save the elephants – such an iconic keystone animal, important to the African habitat – then what hope do we have?”
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