Hong Kong's lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory
Hong Kong’s Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade of ivory labelling the industry a “cruel business”.
Alex Hofford, the Hong Kong campaigner for the group WildAid called the ban “a great moment in the history of elephant conservation”. He went on to add “Hong Kong has always been the ‘heart of darkness’ of the ivory trade with a 670-tonne stockpile when international trade was banned in 1989,”
African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, and used to fetch as much as $1,100 a kilogram.
To educate people about the poaching of ivory, Mando pop star Jay Chou encouraged people from different countries to join him in stopping the trade.
Poaching in Africa has seen the elephant population fall by 110,000 over the last 10 years to just 415,000, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Poaching has seen the population fall by 110,000 over the past decade to just 415,000 animals, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Experts warn they could become extinct in the near future if this trend continues.