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May 15, 2014

Hong Kong Destroys Ivory Stockpile

Humane Society International

  • Back in January, local authorities announced their decision to destroy their stock of seized ivory. Iris Ho/HSI

  • The stockpile included pieces of carved ivory, such as the one pictured above. Brent Ng/HSI

  • Iris Ho, Wildlife Program Manager, was on hand to witness the destruction of the ivory cache. Brent Ng/HSI

  • The ashes resulting of the destruction of the ivory were displayed at the end of the process. Brent Ng/HSI

The government of Hong Kong held a ceremony to begin destruction of the city’s 29.6 metric tons of confiscated ivory. Humane Society International commended the action, which followed the city’s announcement made in January to destroy its stockpile.

Last year, poachers killed at least 35,000 African elephants, a surge widely attributed to rising demand for ivory in China and other places. Reducing consumer demand for ivory reduces the incentive for poachers to massacre elephants and for traffickers to engage in the illegal ivory trade. Destroying stockpiles of seized ivory raises awareness about the elephant poaching crisis and reminds current and potential buyers to avoid ivory.

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More than 46,000 HSI supporters signed a pledge urging the Hong Kong to destroy its ivory stockpile. In January, HSI president and CEO Dr. Andrew Rowan wrote to Hong Kong’s Endangered Species Advisory Committee, laying out reasons in support of the destruction. HSI has met and communicated with local officials as well as collaborated closely with advocates of Hong Kong for Elephants.

Media Contact:
Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440 rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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