POLITICS – Two HK School Children Demand GovHK Burn Ivory Stockpile 12


Lucy Lan Skrine, aged 11, and Christina Seigrist aged 8, have begun a petition to demand the government destroy its stockpile of ivory. There have been 5 large seizures of smuggled ivory this year alone and it is thought around 25 tonnes of elephant tusks have now been collected by the government.

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via Alex Hofford

In other countries such as the US, the Philippines and in African states themselves, the illegal hauls are burnt or crushed. A big public show is made of it in order to send a message to poachers and buyers. The US will crush 7 tonnes of confiscated ivory in October whilst 5 tonnes was destroyed in Manila in June.

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The Philippines this June. via Alex Hofford.

The girls also called for the Chinese government to ban its domestic ivory trade and to close shops selling carvings (in particular, the 37 state-owned ivory carving factories)…

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Click to sign!

HK’s latest haul, last month, was its biggest ever and was worth US$5million – yet it is mystifying as to why GovHK wishes to keep hold of the stockpile. Like other illegal seized goods – they have no commercial value and cannot be released back into the market. Under local law, trading in products from endangered species attracts up to two years in prison and a fine of up to HK$5 million. The trade itself was banned internationally in 1989.

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via Alex Hofford

Conservationists and researchers have said that China’s insatiable appetite for ivory may finally mean extinction for elephants in Africa. Meanwhile, HK’s huge stash of ‘white gold’ is becoming a security concern despite being stored at a top-secret location. Similar stockpiles in Zambia and Tanzania had been raided by thieves.

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HK’s August haul, via Alex Hofford

Over 800 people had signed the petition at the time of writing.

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  • Signed. These kids must be applauded for their effort too.

  • Signed. These kids must be applauded for their effort too.

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  • jonah haddad

    Sell it all legally at top dollar! This will flood the market with
    ivory and bring the demand and for it down. Allowing for elephants to
    replenish their numbers. Use the money to support
    anti poaching and elephant conservation efforts! Why is this not even
    considered!? Putting it in a display case obviously will only perpetuate
    the view of ivory being something to obtain! Destroying it will only
    make ivory more sought after and worth more money!Selling it legally on the market is the most logical answer. Why is this not even considered?

  • jonah haddad

    Sell it all legally at top dollar! This will flood the market with
    ivory and bring the demand and for it down. Allowing for elephants to
    replenish their numbers. Use the money to support
    anti poaching and elephant conservation efforts! Why is this not even
    considered!? Putting it in a display case obviously will only perpetuate
    the view of ivory being something to obtain! Destroying it will only
    make ivory more sought after and worth more money!Selling it legally on the market is the most logical answer. Why is this not even considered?

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