Namibia’s professional hunting association NAPHA welcomes China’s decision to ban ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017.

NAPHA vice president Royston Wright says the move will decrease the pressure on the elephant population. Although ivory poaching only plays a small role in the total number of elephant deaths, restricting the trade in ivory should be strongly policed, he says.

He hopes the decision will be extended to other endangered wildlife species, including pangolins and rhinos.

Professional hunters welcome China ivory ban