By Oiwan Lam
A coalition of concerned individuals and NGOs, Hong Kong for Elephants, rallied on October 4 in the city center calling on the Hong Kong Government to destroy its entire stockpile of 25 tonnes of confiscated ivory.
The local rally is a solidarity action with the International March for Elephants organized by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust under the iworry campaign.
The local anti-Ivory action was launched with a petition by Lucy Lan Skrine aged 11 and Christina Seigrist aged 8 at Avaaz.org in mid September calling for the destruction of confiscated ivory in order to send a strong signal to Chinese consumers that buying ivory is immoral and wrong. The two school kids are studying in Hong Kong, a major port in the illegal global trade of ivory on route from Africa to mainland China. In an interview [zh\ with inmediahk.net, they said that they love animals and wanted to stop the massive killing of elephants by helping to give them a voice. The two girls become the spokespersons for Hong Kong for Elephants.
Despite the active crackdown of ivory smugglers by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department in the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), it has been difficult for the authorities to identify and prosecute the smugglers. Furthermore, domestic trade of ivory accessories is allowed both in Hong Kong and in mainland China. When the illegal raw ivory is successfully smuggled to mainland China via Hong Kong, it is wholesaled to carvers and manufacturers, turned into luxurious products and circulated in the domestic market through both licensed businesses and underground black market.
That's why international anti-ivory trade campaigns, such as Save All Elephants, are calling for a a stop to ivory carving industry in China: More....