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China To Shut Down Ivory Trade, But Will That Save Elephants?

Vicki Croke joins Here & Nows Peter O’Dowd to discuss the significance of China’s announcement on Friday that it will shut down its domestic commercial ivory market — the world’s largest — by the end of this year. Many conservation groups are calling it a “game changer” in the effort to save elephants.

In this file photo taken Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, an elephant walks through the bush at the Southern African Wildlife College on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Chinese government said in a statement released on Friday Dec. 30, 2016, it will shut down its official ivory trade at the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. (Denis Farrell/AP)

In this file photo taken Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, an elephant walks through the bush at the Southern African Wildlife College on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Chinese government said in a statement released on Friday Dec. 30, 2016, it will shut down its official ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. (Denis Farrell/AP)

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