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Hong Kong to take two years to incinerate 28 tonnes of contraband ivory

 HONG Kong has confirmed it will destroy 28 tonnes of seized ivory amounting to 29.6 tonnes held in four undisclosed government facilities under close security watch by guards and CCTV.

Hong Kong to take two years to incinerate 28 tonnes of contraband ivory
26 January 2014 - 20:31

Hong Kong to take two years to incinerate 28 tonnes of contraband ivory

 HONG Kong has confirmed it will destroy 28 tonnes of seized ivory amounting to 29.6 tonnes held in four undisclosed government facilities under close security watch by guards and CCTV. The cache of poached ivory amounting to 29.6 tonnes consists of tusks and trinkets and will take up to two years to be incinerated by Hong Kong, a key transshipment port for illegal tusks.

 The remaining 1.6 tonnes of ivory will be kept for use in educational conservation and science, allowed by CITES, the international body for protection of endangered wild life. It follows China's recent show of crushing 6.2 tons of ivory, cited as the world's largest market of the ivory trade by WWF, and the United States burning a similar tonnage of ivory.

The Philippines, Kenya and Gabon have also destroyed its seized ivory. Ivory has a growing market in China for consumers in ornamental purposes of carvings, chopsticks and trinkets, and in lesser amounts in traditional medicine.

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