Chinese ambassador responds to US school children’s letter on ivory ban

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Ivory products from government registered ivory tusk are seen inside a factory in Hong Kong, China June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the U.S., has recently received around 20 letters from students of primary schools in California and Massachusetts. In the letters, they applauded the efforts of China’s government to ban the processing and trade in ivory products.

On February 23, Ambassdor Cui wrote back to these students. In his letters, Cui expressed appreciation for their enthusiasm for protecting wildlife and told them about what China has done in this field over the past few years.

“In China, it is public consensus that wildlife should be protected and illegal trade should be banned,” Cui wrote. “In fact, China has been doing a lot more than just protecting the elephants. If you have a chance to visit China, you will find a lot of endangered animals well protected in their natural habitat: giant panda (as you all know), snub-nosed monkey, Tibetan antelope, red-crowned crane, Manchurian tiger – just to name a few.”

Cui encouraged young people of both the United States and China to join hands and work together in creating a better future for all life on Earth. In addition to his letters, Cui also sent gifts about wildlife conservation.