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in china, the word for ivory literally translates as elephant tooth, leading to a false sense by many in the country that no actual harm comes from its acquisition.

as demand for this status symbol grows along with the nation’s middle class, those involved in the chinese ivory trade acknowledge that there are not nearly enough elephants on the planet to meet even the demand for ivory chop sticks.

though the trade is regulated, inflated state monopoly prices (by more than 1000%) have created a black market that accounts for more than 90% of all ivory importation and sales in the country.

photos brent stirton
national geographic’s "blood ivory" documentary

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