http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10745148&ref=rss This article states:
"Elephant poaching in Africa and Asia is being fuelled by China's economic boom, says a study of the ivory trade.Authors of the report say the number of ivory items on sale in centres in southern China has more than doubled since 2004, with most traded illegally."
"Based on the results of their survey, the ivory researchers are calling for China to tighten its enforcement of ivory trading regulations, saying that such a move is vital to reduce the number of elephants that are killed illegally."
Esmond Martin, a Kenya-based expert on the ivory and rhino-horn trade is quoted in the article as stating: " It is shocking that the retail ivory trade is not better controlled in southern China. China continues to be the largest importer of illegal ivory in the world, mostly from Africa, but also from endangered Asian elephants. "Inspections of shops would not take much money nor manpower ..."
"There has also been a dramatic surge in rhino poaching across Africa. The price of rhino horn has soared in the Far East where it is used in alternative medicine."
These findings are awful! How dare some Chinese kill elephants because they believe parts of the elephant have medicinal value! Why is this revelation only coming to our knowledge now?
"Kenya's president set fire to more than 5 tons of elephant ivory worth $16 million on Wednesday (July 20th,2011) ", in an act meant to focus attention on a rising tide of poaching deaths."Elephant numbers are much healthier today, but elephant advocates say a second elephant crisis is coming, as China's middle class seeks to satisfy its ivory appetite." (source:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Kenya-torches-5-tons-of-ivory-apf-3720013944.html?x=0&.v=1 )
I have stated this before on my blog, however I am stating it again in order to help save the Elephant species on this planet! Please stop buying goods and services from the Chinese! And if you have the opportunity to do so, tell the Chinese why you are doing so, because of their disgusting record relating to the killing of animals on this planet for their own selfish pleasure!
Here is a news report about the poaching which is occurring to Elephants in this World:This news report is from 2010: