On Monday, the Chinese government publicly crushed six tons of confiscated ivory, sending a powerful symbolic message against the ivory trade, and making for quite a nice photo op. Not to be upstaged, Hong Kong made a statement to AFP on Wednesday indicating that they may follow in China's wake with their reported 30-ton stockpile:
"The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is aware of the steps taken in other places to destroy forfeited ivory."
According to AFP, Hong Kong is also "reviewing the effectiveness of the existing disposal measures" creating a proposed plan for the destruction of forfeited ivory. Activists remain hopeful that Hong Kong, which is a major transit point for the ivory trade into China, will follow in their neighbor's footsteps.
"I think they're going to do it because China has done it, the US has done it, it's a trend now, that's the way it seems to be moving forward," Hong Kong for Elephants campaigner Alex Hofford told AFP. "It will send a very strong signal to consumers in China that buying ivory is wrong."
Other countries have disposed of their ivory recently -- the U.S. pulverized five tons in November, and the Philippines did the same with another five tons last June.