Most environmental groups believe that there are only 350 to 400 thousand wild elephants left on the African continent. With poaching being the number one threat to the elephants, China Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, endorsed the conviction. Shuang stated, “We don’t shield the illegal activities of Chinese citizens, and support the relevant Tanzanian authority’s just investigation and trying of this case by the law.” The simple fact that that the ivory queen and her accomplices received the severe sentence and fine is being seen by many as a signal to poachers to stay away from elephants. China’s recent historical ban on ivory trading and Tanzania’s willingness to bring the leaders of poaching rings to trial are both positive signs for the future of Africa’s elephant population.
An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers