mandag 18. mars 2013

China's role in the endangered wildlife trade

A visit by a Chinese group to a country can surprisingly raise the local price of ivory. According to statistics from Kenya’s wildlife protection bureau, every year 95% of those who are caught smuggling ivory out of Nairobi Airport are Chinese people. I am left speechless by this kind of Chinese cultural “export” to the world. As a Chinese person myself, I have very mixed feelings. On the one hand, I feel ashamed for China becoming a target of criticism from all sides. But on the other hand, I am eagerly hoping that threats to species’ survival can be solved as soon as possible.

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