A woman animal rights activist says many Chinese are still unaware that
the ivory trade stems from massacres of elephants.
campaigner Ge Rui is at the forefront of a campaign to raise awareness among
ordinary Chinese of the illegal trade in ivory, along with other products
from endangered species.
In October, a major ivory seizure in Hong
Kong uncovered roughly four tons of ivory products--estimated to be valued
at more than U.S. $3.4 million and estimated by animal welfare activists to
be the equivalent to 500 elephants.
"This is very alarming," Ge said
in a recent interview. "The ivory we are seeing in smuggled shipments is
getting smaller and smaller, which could mean that they are killing young
elephants on the savannah."