Hong Kong has long been a primary portal for China’s ivory trade. A ban on domestic ivory trade there would set a powerful precedent. Supported by Elephant Crisis Fund, WildAid is working to create a groundswell of support working with senior legislators in the country.
Poaching elephants for ivory has risen to historical levels over the last several years. In 2013 alone, at least 33,000 elephants were illegally killed, equating to one elephant every 16 minutes. At these rates, a world without elephants in our lifetime is a possibility.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes, and to work towards a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement.