This week Big Life has been to the heart of the market for ivory in Hong Kong. One of our program coordinators in Kenya, Daniel Ole Sambu, participated in a march with WildAid Hong Kong and the Elephant Society to protest ivory sales, asking the government to ban domestic trade.
Sambu, dressed in traditional Maasai clothing, walked with protestors through the heart of Hong Kong’s ivory market in Sheung Wan. After, he commented to the South China Morning Post: “It's horrible because all I see are dead elephants.”
As for why Hong Kong matters, Sambu said, “Hong Kong is considered a transit market for ivory so we are telling Hong Kong that even the end market will have to find somewhere else if they ban it. So it has to start with Hong Kong saying that we don't want anything related to ivory."