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Chan, Wai Yan
Department of Journalism

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Selling "Teeth" Is Guilty?

Since 1990, a law has been imposed: ivory received after 1976 cannot be imported into or exported from Hong Kong anymore; those that have been imported require a licence from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to be sold in Hong Kong. | Li Chun Man (李俊文) is an ivory merchant who complies with the law. He stores his ivories and remaining scrap materials at home and in the shop within the allowed amount as listed on the licence . There were 650 tons of ivories in Hong Kong at the time of the first ban of international trades of ivory in 1990. 27 years later, there are still 77 tons of them in Hong Kong. Wild animal rights groups suspect that many ivories are still imported through smuggling. Many ivory merchants have been mixing new and old products and sell them together. | Ng Mei Fung (伍美鳳), a member of "WildAid", points out that there is a loophole in the licence. She also cites videorecorded evidence of illegal trading. Li was taken to court and was sentenced for holding and selling illegal ivories. He was fined for $6,000. | Chung Wai Yum (鍾惠欽), an ivory engraver, purchased a house in the 1980s and used it as a workshop and warehouse. He talks about the operation of his workshop. The Hong Kong government has launched a "three-step plan” to ban ivory trade, aiming to phase it out completely before the end of 2021. If the trade is banned completely, some people may lose all their savings. Throughout the interview, Chung was very sad. | Chan Chun Po (陳春寶), the consultant of Hong Kong and Kowloon Ivory Manufacturers Association, states that it is unnecessary to mix the new and the old products and sell them together, because…


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