During an event back in May 2015 when China crushed 662 kg of confiscated ivory, the government had originally made its pledge to work toward banning all domestic ivory trade in the country.China announced it will impose a ban on all ivory trade and plans to completely shut down its involvement in the ivory trade by the end of 2017. For a number of organizations, including IFAW, this is a much-anticipated step forward in the fight against elephant poaching. After the announcement broke, the world erupted with accolades, celebrating the decision and what the ban could mean for declining elephant populations.

The Dodo interviews IFAW’s Asia Regional Director, Grace Ge Gabriel, who offers hopeful and emotive insight to China’s announcement that the country will completely shut down its ivory trade in 2017.

The New York Times gives an overview of how leaders in the conservation world, including Grace Ge Gabriel, responded.

The Washington Post offers a closer look into the motivations behind China’s decision and quotes Grace Ge Gabriel.

On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, IFAW celebrity supporters posted messages in celebration of the news:

Leonardo DiCaprio:

Slash:

iiii]; D’

A photo posted by Slash (@slash) on

Dec 30, 2016 at 9:37am PST

 

Kristin Bauer van Straten:

 

Matt Sorum:

 

Heather Morris:

An incredible win for elephants today as China announces a complete ban for all domestic Ivory trade starting 2017! This is HUGE news and I’m so happy we never stopped striving to get what we wanted! @action4ifaw congrats!

A photo posted by Heather Morris (@heatherrelizabethh) on

Dec 30, 2016 at 3:33pm PST

Thank you to all of our supporters who labor with us in the fight to save elephants and combat illegal wildlife trade. We celebrate this news with you.

–DG

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