Saturday, 22 March 2014

State-owned Chinese retailer suspends ivory sales

The state-owned Chinese retail chain, Chinese Arts & Crafts, has suspended sales of elephant ivory its stores iacross China and Hong Kong from mid-March the company according to a statement emailed to Reuters.

"Due to the adjustment of product mix, Chinese Arts & Crafts (H.K.) Ltd has suspended the business of selling (elephant) ivory products at all Chinese Arts & Crafts branches," it said.

This decision has been verified by WildAid who carried out spot checks across the stores. Representitives from the charity were confident that all elephant ivory has been removed from shelves, is not being mis-sold it as mammoth ivory, and is not for sale “under the counter.”

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