China’s State Forestry Administration and the General Administration of Customs (GAC) have on Monday destroyed 6.1 tons of confiscated ivory at a ceremony in Guangzhou, the first time the country has destroyed the stockpile, People’s Daily reported Tuesday. The confiscated ivory products are estimated to be worth 200 million yuan (US$33.04 million). According to GAC deputy director Lu Bin, the destruction of those products reflects the government’s determination to combat illegal ivory trade in compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The United States also destroyed its ivory stockpile two months ago, Lu noted.
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