In China and Hong Kong, ivory has equal status as precious gemstones and is used in ornaments and jewellery. It's also sometimes used in traditional Chinese medicine. Some think that owning ivory will bring them good luck. China has the biggest ivory trade in the world and wildlife experts believe that around 70 per cent of the world's ivory ends up there.
This year China agreed to ban ivory tusks and ornaments coming into the country for twelve months.
The government has said it wants to completely ban ivory sales soon but it is still legal to sell older carvings and ornaments. This is a controversy as some feel that carving is a tradition that should carry on but others disagree and many ivory to be banned to protect the elephants.