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Jun 6, 2015

China's surprise announcement that it will phase out the trade and manufacturing of ivory came as a rare piece of good news for Africa's rapidly shrinking elephant population. While most major international wildlife groups welcomed Beijing's new policy direction, others said it's too early to rejoice until a specific timeline is announced and what, if any, exceptions may be included in a new ivory law. The U.S.-based International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is among the major conservation groups that is encouraged by Beijing's apparent shift on the ivory issue. IFAW campaigner Peter Lafontaine joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the emerging Chinese ivory policy and why elephant campaigners may next turn their attention to the USA, the world's second largest market for illicit ivory.