From: National Geographic
Good News for Elephants: Major Ivory Market Will Close
Hong Kong's impending shutdown of legal ivory sales likely means less poaching of elephants for their tusks.
It’s official: Hong Kong—a major market for elephant ivory—will end sales of the “white gold” by the end of 2021.
Lawmakers gave the go-ahead on January 31 to a four-year plan that would phase out the city-state’s legal retail market, which conservationists and advocates say helps fuel the slaughter of more than 30,000 African elephants annually by serving as a cover for ivory traded on the black market. Approval of the measure, which the Associated Press reported passed by a vote of 49-4, comes more than two years after Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying promised to shut down the ivory trade, and more than a year after the government submitted a plan for ending sales.