Hong Kong has begun its incineration of approximately 28 tons of elephant tusks and ivory-made jewelry at a kiln on Thursday, according to the National Geographic, in what’s being called the largest such display of resolve against the illegal wildlife trade there yet.
The Tsing Yi Chemical Waste Treatment Center has started the incineration process, expected to be finished in 2015, and has garnered praise from foreign animal preservation activists.
Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, described the Hong Kong government’s decision as, “demonstrating the conviction needed to end the ivory trade.”
As of yesterday, a total of one ton of ivory had already been destroyed with a second batch out of a total of ten batches slated to be burned in the upcoming weeks.
Given that from 2002-2013, the Wildlife Conservation Society revealed about 65% of the world’s forest elephants were killed, mostly to produce ivory products worldwide, Hong Kong is hopefully one step closer to repelling Chinese demand for ivory.
[Image credit: Alex Hofford for WildAid via Facebook]
By Sophia Solivio