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NEWS: More than a third of traders flout #HongKong ivory laws

NEWS: More than a third of traders flout #HongKong ivory laws

More than a third of traders openly flouting Hong Kong’s ivory regulations Worked ivory on display in Hong Kong © Warren R.M. Stuart / CC 2.0 Generic License. Hong Kong, 21st April 2017— Surveys by TRAFFIC of Hong Kong’s ivory markets found traders at 27 out of 76 licensed ivory outlets (36%) encouraging buyers to smuggle ivory out of the city without the appropriate export permits. The market surveys, published today in the report Closing Strategy: Ending ivory trade in Hong Kong , also found that 59% of the outlets did not have (or even claim to possess) ivory retail licences—a violation of local ivory trading terms and making it impossible for consumers to distinguish those premises trading legally from exclusively black market operations. Under current Hong Kong legislation registered pre-1990 ivory can be legally sold by licensed dealers although it cannot be taken ou...

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