"To really destroy ivory," said Ken Goddard, Director of the National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory, "it needs to be crushed."
For now, conservationists are pleased with Hong Kong's step forward. "It's great to finally see the government joining others around the world in taking the lead on this," Alex Hofford, program director for Hong Kong for Elephants, told the South China Morning Post.
This is great progress, however, the government also announced that it will keep 1.6 tonnes for educational purposes in schools -- a move that conservationists oppose. "We don't [think] there is any place for ivory in the classroom," said Hofford. "it's like handing out bags of drugs to students to educate them about the drug trade."