Hong Kong determined on ivory trade ban
China’s Hong Kong announced on Wednesday a proposal for a threestep plan to prepare for a total ban of the local ivory trade by 2021. To phase out the local trade, the authorities proposed the preparation of amendments to the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance in a single legislative exercise. Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kamsing, said they would be tabled in the Legislative Council next year. “Hong Kong is determined to stem the illegal ivory trade. “Our goal is to completely eliminate the local ivory trade by the end of 2021,” Wong said, adding it was necessary for the government to take the measures in view of the latest trends in ivory smuggling and the worldwide calls for closing down the ivory trade.