24 Jan '14, 8pm

Hong Kong to destroy 4,000 dead elephants' worth of ivory

Elephants in Namibia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler The government of Hong Kong will destroy 28 tons of ivory confiscated from traffickers, reports CNN. The announcement, which comes just weeks after China destroyed six tons of seized ivory , suggests that the leaders of the world's largest market for ivory may be getting more serious about addressing a global poaching boom, say conservationists. "This action signals that the fight against the ivory trade is global, and it’s finding increasing favor in critical parts of Asia, among consumers and government officials," said the Humane Society of the United States in a statement. "Reducing consumer demand for ivory reduces the incentive for poachers to massacre elephants and for traffickers to engage in illegal ivory trade. Destroying stockpiles of seized ivory, as the recent examples of the U.S. and China have demonstrated, is a...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0124-hong-kong-elephants.html

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