In response to Hong Kong’s decision to completely ban domestic ivory trade by 2021, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following from Jan Vertefeuille, senior director for advocacy:
"It’s hard to overstate the importance of closing these major ivory markets.
"With the U.S. having banned ivory trade in 2016, China having done the same in 2017, and now this decision in Hong Kong, three of the world’s largest ivory markets have committed to ending their role in Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. Other governments must urgently follow suit and ensure ivory traffickers have nowhere left to sell their ill-gotten wares.
"As more and more governments act, consumer engagement and demand reduction take on renewed urgency to avoid creating new black markets.
"In the U.S., lawmakers should view the global momentum on ivory trade as a testament to the power of bipartisan collaboration. Wildlife conservation has long been an area of common ground across the political spectrum, and remains a point of global leadership for the U.S."