Hong Kong de­ter­mined on ivory trade ban

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

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.

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