By Lana Lam
Two young girls are leading a renewed call for Hong Kong to destroy its massive stockpile of illegally poached elephant tusks.
Their petition has attracted hundreds of supporters in just a few days.
Lucy Skrine, 11, and Christina Seigrist, eight, started an online petition last Monday, urging the government to incinerate the estimated 16 tonnes of ivory.
More than 1,000 people from across the globe have signed up so far. Its organisers aim to collect 10,000 signatures.
The girls are being supported by a newly formed Hong Kong for Elephants group, which has dubbed them "elephant angels".
The group brings together local and international NGOs such as Green Sense, Ace Foundation, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Lucy said the government was failing to address an issue that was gaining worldwide attention.
"Can you imagine how many elephants died for that huge pile of tusks cluttering up our customs warehouses," the petition asks.
Plans to burn the growing stockpile were shelved earlier this year after members of the endangered species advisory committee rejected the proposal. More....