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Protesters gathered outside the Chinese embassy in west London today to callfor a ban on the country's booming trade in ivory from elephant tusks.
Chinese demand for ivory is claimed to be driving the slaughter ofan estimated 40,000 African elephants every year.
With the animals in danger of extinction, wildlife charities are asking China to ban the ivory trade, destroy all its ivory stocks and close ivory carving factories.
Ornaments made from ivory are a traditional symbol of wealth and status in China.