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Report: A Quarter of Ivory Sold in Beijing and Shanghai Shops Illegal

About a quarter of elephant ivory sold in retail outlets in China's capital Beijing and its most populous city Shanghai is illegal, a report issued by two charities said on Tuesday. Demand for ivory is soaring in Asia and especially in China, driven by the rising purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes. That has led to an increase in the illegal slaughter of African elephants, with some wildlife groups estimating that over 90 percent of all the ivory on sale in...

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