By Danny Lee
A group of marchers against the ivory trade took to the streets yesterday to raise awareness among mainland shoppers about the horrors of elephant poaching.
The group of about 50 campaigners, led by a dozen young people, marched around a busy stretch of luxury shops on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday, at the peak of the National Day "golden week" holidays.
Hordes of cross-border tourists stopped amid their shopping and stared as the campaigners chanted "Say no to ivory".
The march came as customs officials announced on Thursday that they had seized the third haul of illegal ivory in three months. The 189 elephant tusks from Ivory Coast in West Africa could have fetched up to HK$11.5 million on the Asian black market, officials said.
The campaign in Hong Kong was part of a worldwide effort to raise people's awareness of ivory poaching and the plight of the hunted elephants.
The group took the opportunity to educate the throng of shoppers in Tsim Sha Tsui, most of whom were mainland tourists making the most of their long public holiday.
"It is a very clear message: Stop buying elephant ivory," said actress and anti-shark fin activist Sharon Kwok Sau-wan.
Describing the material being handed out to shoppers in the vicinity, Kwok said: "You see a beautiful elephant mum and her calf, very loving. It's a beautiful picture. Then you flip it over and see half its face hacked off." More....