We call on the Hong Kong Government to destroy its entire stockpile of confiscated ivory, as a symbolic gesture to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of elephants that are being killed to supply the ivory trade. Like drugs or seized counterfeit goods, confiscated ivory has no commercial value and cannot be put back to the market. Destruction of seized ivory is in accordance to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which China is a signatory. The destruction of confiscated ivory will send a strong signal to Chinese consumers everywhere that buying ivory is immoral and wrong, and send a tough message to poachers in Africa that their actions will not be tolerated by the people and governments of Asia. Many nations have destroyed their forfeited ivory stockpiles. We, therefore, call on the Hong Kong Government to be responsible and transparent and publicly destroy its entire stockpile of confiscated ivory by crushing or incineration in Hong Kong.
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