Wildlife is in crisis. The numbers of elephants lost to poaching is climbing ever higher. Clearly, urgent and immediate action is needed to stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory. It is currently estimated that 100 elephants are being slaughtered by poachers every single day. Attending a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese embassy on Saturday (January 24th), Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, said:
‘It is a shocking, cruel and unnecessary trade. The Chinese Government can make a big difference in ending this cruelty, but there’s a need to engage with those who work with ivory and also buyers in order to change attitudes and quell demand.’
As the world’s leading consumer of ivory, the role of China in ensuring the survival of African elephants cannot be under-estimated. China can improve its global reputation by putting an end to its engagement in the ivory trade.