Hong Kong votes to ban ivory sales to end infamous trade

Hong Kong votes to ban ivory sales to end infamous trade
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Hong Kong voted to ban ivory sales in a landmark move on Tuesday to end the infamous trade in the city.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for the bill that will abolish the trade by 2021, following on the heels of China's complete ban on ivory sales that went into effect at the end of last year.

Global Advocacy Group Avaaz spokesperson Bert Wander in a statement said that shutting down this massive ivory market has thrown a lifeline to elephants.

Hong Kong has always been the 'heart of darkness' of the ivory trade with a 670-tonne stockpile when international trade was banned in 1989.

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