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The Hong Kong government recently submitted its proposed plan to the Legislative Council to phase out the local ivory trade. The plan puts forward a five-year timetable — until the end of 2021 — for traders to liquidate their legal ivory stocks. It also suggests that “no compensation should be given” for Hong Kong’s ivory traders. Environment Undersecretary Tse Chin-wan supported this motion, arguing that giving compensation to ivory traders effectively means that the government is paying for the ivory. However, ivory traders are demanding that the government compensate them for their stock.