Illegal ivory trade
Taking their cue from the US and the Philippines, Hong Kong schoolchildren are leading the drive to destroy the city’s enormous stockpile of seized ivory and send a message to poachers, dealers and consumers, writes Alex Hofford.Wednesday, 8 January, 2014, 3:19pm 1 comment
Hong Kong's Endangered Species Advisory Committee has agreed unanimously to incinerate most of the city's stockpile of confiscated ivory, which, at an estimated 30 tonnes, is one of the largest in the world.24 Jan 2014 - 11:01pm 1 comment
Highlighting a pledge to crack down on the multibillion-dollar illicit global trade in wildlife, U.S. authorities on Thursday pulverised 6 tonnes of seized ivory from thousands of elephants slaughtered by poachers for their prized tusks.15 Nov 2013 - 6:25pm 1 comment
Traffickers are using new methods to smuggle illegal ivory tusks into the city, a senior customs official said yesterday as he announced the third seizure of tusks in three months.4 Oct 2013 - 8:44am 3 comments
After a week that saw another major haul of ivory intercepted in Hong Kong and the arrest of a man said to be responsible for killing tens of thousands of elephants for their tusks, a Chinese conservationist working in Africa has voiced optimism that China can take centre stage in efforts to conserve the species.11 Aug 2013 - 3:05pm 8 comments
A Chinese smuggler caught in Kenya with a haul of ivory was fined less than a dollar a piece, wildlife officials said yesterday. Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said Tian Yi was arrested on Sunday while in transit in Nairobi carrying 439 pieces of worked ivory.
27 Mar 2013 - 3:12am
What an intriguing question was raised in the reports, "Ivory haul proves a tough sell to schools" (March 15) and "A 16-tonne headache for conservation officers" (March 14).
There are more elephant tusks in Hong Kong now (probably what remains of over 2,000 slaughtered elephants) than in many African countries where elephant populations have been depleted.23 Mar 2013 - 2:55am