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  1. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines police probe Catholic Church's link to illegal ivory trade

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila National Geographic report says Philippine church has vast trove of ivory icons Probe into priests' link to illegal tusk trade Philippine authorities said yesterday they had launched an investigation into the possible involvement of Catholic priests in the illegal trade of African ivory. The inquiry came after a National Geographic report ...

  2. News - Asia

    Philippines to question priest over ivory trade

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 10:23am by Associated Press in Manila

    ... of ivory icons widely used in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. He said Garcia will be questioned but declined to give details. An international ban on trade in ivory and elephant tusks has ... Associated Press in Manila Philippine authorities will question a Roman Catholic priest about ivory smuggling after his collection of ivory religious icons was featured in National ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Recent seizure of ivory in Hong Kong underlines need to save the elephants

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Make ivory the new shark's fin Hong Kong's being a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world is not just about cross-border trade. The seizure ... in China and elsewhere in Asia, where it is prized as a source of wisdom, sign of nobility and symbol of wealth. Elephant populations were so threatened in the 1980s that trade in new ivory ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    More smuggled ivory seized in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 02:24pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... of HK$26.7 million on Asia’s booming black market. The international trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989 after populations of the African giants dropped from the millions in the mid-20th century to some 600,000 by the end of the 1980s. But the illicit trade in Asia is fuelled by demand for ivory carvings and jewellery. Additional reporting by Thomas Chan ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Children can help save the elephants

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... for their ivory, and most of the illegal ivory trade is sold to Asia and especially to Hong Kong and mainland China, cleverly mixed with past legal ivory for resale. Legal or illegal, ivory kills. ... Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting in Bangkok. A total ban on ivory trade would be the best decision for elephants, but as obvious as it may ...

  6. News - Hong Kong

    Customs seize four tonnes of smuggled ivory

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 04:25pm by Agence France Presse

    ... for commercial purposes face up to two years in jail and a maximum HK$5 million fine, customs officials said. The international trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989 after elephant populations in Africa dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to some 600,000 by the end of the 1980s. However, a rise in the illegal trade in ivory has been fuelled ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - SMUGGLING

    150 elephants died for ivory load seized at port in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Customs' third big seizure in a year underlines a disturbing trend of growth in Asian demand 150 elephants died for ivory load Customs officers have made the third large seizure of ivory in a year as poachers in Africa slaughter thousands of animals to feed demand in China and other Asian countries. The 1,330kg haul, worth an estimated ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Customs seize HK$27m haul of smuggled ivory at Kwai Chung

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... to the mainland, describing the seizure as "an isolated incident". Before the international trade in ivory was banned under the CITES convention in 1990, Hong Kong was a major importer of, trader ... m smuggled ivory haul One of the world's biggest ever seizures of illicit ivory- a haul of tusks which cost the lives of 600 African elephants- has been made in Hong Kong. The raid ...

  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines hunt for 'blood ivory' statues blocked at Cebu shrine

    Posted Sep 30th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Hunt for 'blood ivory' statues halted at shrine Philippine authorities looking for religious statues made from "blood ivory" were ... allegedly linked to the illegal smuggling of ivory, told investigators they would have to speak to the priest's lawyers first, said Eddie Llamedo, an Environment Department spokesman. He ...

  10. News - World - SOUTH AFRICA

    Thai man pleads guilty to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by Reuters in Johannesburg

    ... to affidavits presented to the court. "The hunters were a front for our decision to export rhino horn for trade and not for trophies," Chumlong told a Johannesburg court. "I humbly ...




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