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Issue #1809      February 7, 2018

Hong Kong ivory ban

Hong Kong has banned local ivory trading, but the law will not come fully into force until 2021 when traders’ current licences expire. Members of the Legislative Council voted 49 to four in favour of outlawing sales of ivory in the Chinese special administrative region, which conservationists say is the biggest ivory retail market in the world.

The maximum sentence for smuggling the banned animal parts, whose trade has resulted in widespread illegal poaching of elephants, rises to a 10 million Hong Kong dollar fine and 10 years in prison, up from a five million dollar fine and two years.

China banned all ivory sales at the start of the year, having shut down all carving factories and shops last year, but Hong Kong law remains separate under the “one country, two systems” model negotiated with former imperial occupier Britain.

Previous law allowed the sale of ivory dating from before the trade began to be regulated internationally in the 1970s, but some traders used the market to “launder” newer ivory.

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