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Hong Kong to destroy ivory stockpile

Posted: 24 January 2014

In a ground-breaking gesture, the Hong Kong government announced on January23rd, 2014, that it is to destroy its 28-ton stockpile of ivory – the largest ever to be burned.

The Chairman of the country’s Endangered Species Advisory Committee, Paul Shin, stated that "The committee strongly calls upon countries all over the world to make [a] concerted effort in combating illegal poaching of elephants and to undertake vigorous measures to protect elephants".

The trade in elephant ivory has been banned since 1989 but poaching is rife, feeding the illegal trade.

This is a symbolic move by a country which is a major destination for trafficked ivory and has a long tradition of its use.

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