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Hong Kong Launches Bill To Ban Domestic Ivory Trade

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From the Guardian: "Hong Kong has launched a landmark bill to ban its domestic ivory trade, amid accusations that authorities were lagging behind China in phasing out the market."


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Fiona O (562)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 8:31 am
Hong Kong is home to the world’s biggest retail ivory market, with more items for sale than anywhere else in the world. The majority of buyers are mainland Chinese, who smuggle the worked ivory across the border. Hong Kong is also perpetuating the illegal market: more than a third of licensed ivory dealers have been found to advise buyers on ways to smuggle ivory out of the city, according to a recent report by Traffic.

The bill would ban the import and export of worked and raw ivory by 2021, including banning the possession and sale of all ivory obtained before 1990.

The move follows the ban of mainland China’s domestic ivory trade, seen by many as a critical step in the global battle against poaching. Asian demand for ivory is widely believed to be behind the sharp rise in elephant poaching over the last decade. Ivory factories in mainland China were officially shut down by 31 March 2017, and the rest of the retail outlets will close by the end of the year.

Fiona O (562)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 8:33 am
The official launch of the bill to the legislative council comes after demonstrations in the city calling for an end to the trade. On 6 June this year, lawmakers consulted the public about the government’s ivory ban proposal. During this consultation process wildlife ranger Erik Mararv, manager of the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, highlighted to legislators the human cost of ivory.

“The truth is that people are being killed ... people are seeing their families being destroyed because of the trade,” he told Radio Television of Hong Kong (RTHK). “Five years will be at least 500 rangers killed on the frontline. Are we happy to sacrifice 500 rangers for people to be able to sell off a few tonnes of ivory?” he said.

Hong Kong announced it would follow China’s move to close the domestic trade in late 2016 through a three step plan. The government has now started the legislative process to bring it to fruition.

Hong Kong's move has already caused the price of ivory in Asian markets to plummet.

So that is very good news for elephants and animal lovers throughout the world.

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Sue H (7)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 8:40 am
Great news. Hope this comes to pass.

Ben O (135)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 8:50 am
Every country on this planet should have banned ivory trade 40 years ago!

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 1:59 pm
Noted, Thank you

Animae C (507)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 3:24 pm
i agree with Ben's comment!!!

Fiona O (562)
Sunday October 29, 2017, 3:50 pm
I thank everyone who has noted.

I thank all commenters for their comments. I agree with Animae who is agreeing with Ben.


Peggy B (43)
Monday October 30, 2017, 9:05 am
Well said, Ben.

W. C (7)
Monday October 30, 2017, 9:56 am

Maria P (4)
Monday October 30, 2017, 1:40 pm
Thanks for posting. About time this trade stops wherever it still does exist.

Raleighaway k (358)
Monday October 30, 2017, 8:45 pm
Thanks for sharing, Fiona

S J (130)
Tuesday October 31, 2017, 2:55 am
Bravo Hong Kong! Meows Fiona meow

Harry K (0)
Tuesday October 31, 2017, 3:30 am
good news

Roberto M (88)
Wednesday November 1, 2017, 9:29 am
thank you Fiona
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