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Lang Lang urges travelers not to bring ivory back to China / Sinospere: New York Times

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The Chinese government crushed nearly 1,500 pounds of confiscated elephant tusks and ivory carvings Friday morning in Beijing, the state news agency Xinhua reported, a day after the renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang urged travelers not to bring ivory back to China in an awareness campaign at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

This was a third batch of contraband ivory destroyed in China over the past 18 months, part of an ongoing effort to curb illegal ivory trade. The move was praised by international conservation groups, as China is widely believed to be the world's largest consumer market for illegal ivory products, according to a report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Lang Lang participated in a campaign co-hosted by the Beijing airport customs and conservation groups, the African Wildlife Foundation, Save the Elephants and WildAid, to urge travelers not to bring ivory back to China.

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