Hong Kong children ask the world to end the killing of elephants for their ivory

Children take part in an elephant ivory conservation event next to some seized ivory, Hong Kong, China. C. IFAW/Alex Hofford.The children in these photos are seriously concerned by the record amounts of ivory that have been seized of late in Hong Kong.

They know that every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant and that at the current rate of elephant poaching for the ivory trade; they may never have the opportunity to see an elephant in the wild.

We need to listen to these children.

They can clearly see that the demand for ivory, as shown in the frequent busts of illegal trade, is increasingly high.

There simply aren’t enough elephants to meet that demand.

This photo was taken by photojournalist Alex Hofford – you can see more of his photos here showing the devastating impact of commercial exploitation of wildlife on elephants and sharks.

Ivory in China has increased in value as demand has soared to the point it is now referred to as “white gold”.

Few animals are as threatened by wildlife trafficking as elephants, an estimated 25,000-50,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in 2011 alone.

At this time last year the International Fund for Animal Welfare raised the alarm as hundreds of elephants were slaughtered in Cameroon.

A recent report from IFAW makes it clear that Asian demand, particularly in China, is largely to blame.

That said, the ivory trade is a global one and if we are to save elephants we will all have a role to play.

These children are doing their part - join them.


For more information on our effort to end the trade in ivory, visit our elephants campaign page.

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Chief of Staff, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Vice President for International Operations
Vice President for International Operations
Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy