THE POWER OF ONE

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

Some ways you can help stop the deadly trade Hong Kong con­ser­va­tion­ist Sharon Kwok Pong is cam­paign­ing to make all trade in ivory il­le­gal. “In Asia, the buy­ing and sell­ing of ivory re­mains legal,” she says. “How­ever, it’s very dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish be­tween ivory ob­tained by legal and il­le­gal means, and the per­mits are of­ten forged. So just don’t buy it, be­cause you can’t know its ori­gin and even legal ivory fu­els the trade. I also ask ev­ery­one to urge their gov­ern­ments to ban all ivory trade. Once that hap­pens, there will be nowhere for il­le­gal ivory to hide.” It is il­le­gal around the world to sell rhino horn and any re­tailer found with it faces im­pris­on­ment. A small plas­tic rhino in a shop is of­ten a sign that horn is for sale. If you see one, or if any­one of­fers you rhino horn, re­port it to the po­lice and alert an an­i­mal wel­fare group. In Hong Kong, call the Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment hot­line, 2150 6978. Re­spon­si­ble travel is one of the best ways to get money di­rectly to con­ser­va­tion projects. Sa­fari com­pa­nies such as &Be­yond, Wilder­ness Sa­faris and Great Plains Con­ser­va­tion have five-star lodges across Africa and spon­sor anti-poach­ing cam­paigns. Sadly, busi­ness has been hit by Ebola fears, de­spite the af­fected coun­tries be­ing thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away. To plan your trip, go to light­foot­travel.com or robert­mark­sa­faris.com

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