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Thursday, 01 February 2018 - 10:51
Hong Kong bans ivory trade
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Hong Kong's lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as "a lifeline for elephants".
 
A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year.
 
Ivory sales will be phased out gradually in Hong Kong, stopping completely in 2021.
 
Prior to the vote, demonstrators gathered outside Hong Kong's legislature with signs reading: "Do you really need ivory chopsticks?"
 
"Shutting down this massive ivory market has thrown a lifeline to elephants," said Bert Wander of the global advocacy group Avaaz.
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