“It is sad to see this,” the first lady reportedly told her guide while viewing 105 tons of ash from an ivory burn.
“We now need to see all other countries close loopholes that still allow the illegal trade of ivory to continue.”
“Crushing the ivory shows that the ivory has no value, so people can stop killing the elephants,” a Wildlife Conservation Society spokesman says.
The bust shines a light on the need for a stricter ivory ban, anti-poaching activists say.
While China's ban on the ivory trade represents a huge step forward for a country that only recently called ivory carving part of its intangible cultural heritage, it's simply not enough to turn Beijing into the responsible international actor it claims to be.
Netflix documentary "The Ivory Game" exposes the dark underworld of the ivory trade and Beijing's role in shaping the destiny of these animals.