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Hong Kong mulls over destroying ivory stockpile to discourage illegal trade

Published on Jan 8, 2014 6:54 PM
 
This photo taken on October 3, 2013 shows seized ivory tusks displayed by Hong Kong Customs officials. Hong Kong's government is considering destroying its stockpile of over 30 tonnes of ivory obtained through seizures of elephant tusks, it said on January 8, 2014.. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's government is considering destroying its stockpile of over 30 tonnes of ivory obtained through seizures of elephant tusks, it said on Wednesday.

The Chinese government crushed a pile of ivory weighing more than six tonnes on Monday, its first public destruction of ivory, to discourage illegal trade.

"The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is aware of the steps taken in other places to destroy forfeited ivory," the Hong Kong government department said in a statement sent to AFP on Wednesday.

The department said it is "reviewing the effectiveness of the existing disposal measures" and drafting a proposal for the destruction of forfeited ivory.

 
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