On 3 November, the Wildlife Justice Commission published a report which says that analysis of research reveals that the majority of advertised wildlife products in China are legally permitted for sale.  However, the prevalence of mammoth ivory found legally for sale raises concerns about perpetuating demand for elephant ivory products which is now illegal in China.  The research looked at e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and 1688, concluding that measures taken by these platforms and by the Chinese government have helped curb online sales of illegal wildlife products.  It explains that, as climate change drives the thawing of the Arctic permafrost, more woolly mammoth remains are being unearthed in Siberia; and that “mammoth hunting” has become the main source of income in more remote areas.  It is said that the scale of the mammoth ivory trade documented in the research raises concerns as to whether mammoth ivory demand levels can be legally met while such measures are in place.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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