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It's hammer time: video of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other species protected under CITES

One small step for mankind, and a great big one for the world's oceans this week in Bangkok. The Daily Matter brings you a look at some of the creatures now under protection, and a quick primer on CITES so you can navigate the tricky world of the international wildlife trade.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 10:59am

China bid to overturn shark protection deal fails

China, Japan and other pro-shark fishing nations on Thursday lost a bid to overturn a landmark deal to offer international trade protection for several species of the ocean’s oldest predator.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am


Four baby gorillas bought by a Malaysian zoo illegally last year will be sent to South Africa's Pretoria Zoo.

The gorillas, believed to have been captured in the wild and smuggled out of Nigeria, would be sent to Pretoria 'as soon as possible,' Environment Minister Law Hieng Ding was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

14 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Move to protect wild birds

WILD ducks, egrets and teals from China will have to be licensed for import to protect them from 'over-exploitation' through international trade, the Government announced yesterday.

8 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Local ivory traders angry at release of African stockpile

Ivory traders will call on the Government to lobby the international community and allow Hong Kong to trade its massive stockpiles with Japan.

The move comes after the relaxation of the seven-year international trade ban which will allow controlled trade by Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

21 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Loophole allows ivory smuggling

Ivory traders are smuggling the 'white gold' to Japan via a legal loophole which permits the export of personal ivory items without a permit, a report says.

The territory is said to play a pivotal role in Asia's illegal ivory trade, with as much as 177 tonnes smuggled through the territory since the 1989 worldwide ban.

29 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Courts must use power to stop wildlife trade

I REFER to the report, 'Law cracks down on wildlife trade', and the editorial, 'Brutal trade attacked', (South China Morning Post, October 29).

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong welcomes the very substantial increase in penalties for illegal trading in wildlife, these penalties now being among the most severe in the world.

1 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

15 schools join fight for animals

SOME 15 schools have signed up to take part in the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) campaign jointly organised by Body Shop, Friends of the Earth (FoE) and EarthCare.

14 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Protection efforts praised

HONG Kong's efforts to combat the trade in endangered species have earned praise in a report compiled by a top wildlife protection agency.

Together with China and Taiwan the territory was facing possible trade sanctions if pleas to crack down on the illegal trade were ignored.

6 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Customs to focus on rhino products

SMUGGLERS of rhinoceros horns and associated products face a harder time getting their contraband through the territory, governmentofficials pledged yesterday.

Customs and Agriculture and Fisheries Department (AFD) officials vowed to put a greater effort into intercepting the illegal consignments.

7 Sep 1993 - 12:00am