Applaud Hong Kong for Banning Ivory

Hong Kong

Target: Hong Kong Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying

Goal: Applaud decision of Hong Kong leadership to ban the import and export of ivory.

Hong Kong has recently banned the import and export of ivory. In his annual policy address, Chief executive Leung Chun-ying has said that his goal is to crack down on the trade of Ivory in Hong Kong. This announcement comes months after the U.S. and China agreed to implement a ban on the sale of ivory.

This southern Chinese city has been a central hub of ivory sales and was directly responsible for the increase in ivory trade over the last number of years. China is responsible for about 70 percent of the world demand for ivory, and traders made profits from the deaths of up to 30,000 elephants a year, most of those elephants coming from Africa. Official figures placed the amount of ivory sold in Hong Kong between 1990 and 2008 at 242 tons. Since 2010, just one ton a year has been reported. However, seized shipments of ivory in 2013 were recorded at a record 8041 kg. Ministers are said to be actively exploring other appropriate measures to phase out the local ivory trade.

Applaud this move by the Hong Kong leadership to ban ivory and set an example worldwide by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying,

The recent announcement of the ban on the import and export of ivory is a welcome decision. In doing so, you have laid the groundwork for phasing out both the legal and illegal trade of ivory worldwide. Popularity of ivory in China has created an unsustainable demand, which has become responsible for the deaths of 30,000 African elephants every year. In 2013 alone, all ivory seized came to 8041 kg. These astronomical amounts are a clear indication that the killing of elephants for ornamental purposes and questionable medicine must come to an end.

With this decision to implement an outright ban on the sale of ivory within Hong Kong, you have set an example for other world leaders who still allow this harmful trade to continue. Cracking down on the ivory trade should have a knock-on effect, limiting and eventually stopping the movements of illegal traders, as well as letting the population of African elephants to recover from the decades of hunting and poaching for their tusks. I applaud your decision to enforce this ban, and look forward to the swift success of the new laws.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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