Report revealing Tanzania has lost elephants with involvement of Chinese officials

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The report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) cites two local ivory traders who revealed that a fortnight before the state visit, Chinese buyers began purchasing thousands of kilos of ivory and finally it was sent in China in diplomatic bags on the presidential plane. It seems that Chinese Embassy staff were the major buyers at the moment. The price of ivory doubled during the Chinese visit to $700 per kilo. “Based on available evidence, Tanzania has lost more elephants to poaching during this period than any other country. In 2013 alone, it reportedly lost 10,000 elephants, equivalent to 30 a day,” the EIA report released Thursday said. In replica, Meng Xianlin, director general of the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of China, said he had never heard of involvement by official Chinese delegations in the ivory trade.

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