Media, celebrity reaction to China’s ivory ban

During an event back in May 2015 when China crushed 662 kg of confiscated ivory, the government had originally made its pledge to work toward banning all domestic ivory trade in the country.China announced it will impose a ban on all ivory trade and plans to completely shut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:



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Kristin Bauer van Straten:


Matt Sorum:


Heather Morris:

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.


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