Hong Kong is one of the largest ivory smuggling hubs in the world, with 8 tonnes of smuggled ivory seized in 2013 alone, according to the WWF. The Chinese territory has outlawed the import and export of African elephant tusks since the ban took effect in 1990, but shops are allowed to sell ivory products acquired before the ban. The trade of tusks from extinct mammoth is unregulated.
Reporting by the Associated Press.
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