*BREAKING NEWS* HongKong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government announced a proposal for a three-step plan which will prepare the country for a total ban of local ivory trading by 2021.
This year was bad for elephants and many other endangered species, but we can’t be disheartened. Instead our fight for their existence and rights must be even more intense!
As the article states, “Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. More than 18 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, with at least 15 large seizures in excess of 500 kilograms. Most large shipments were intercepted in Vietnam, although huge amounts were also found in Malaysia, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Spain, Austria and Germany.” And they continue, “It is a sad fact that practically no day goes by without dozens of elephants being killed by poachers and every single week this year enforcers discovered illegal ivory somewhere in the world,” said Rikkert Reijnen, Director of the Wildlife Trade Program for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “And this is just the tip of the iceberg as only a small fraction of the illegal ivory on the market is being intercepted.”
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