Illegal ivory trade

Hong Kong takes the world closer to ending ivory's bloody trade

Dr Paul Shin, Chairman of the Endangered Species Advisory Committee of Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, holds up a jar of incinerated ivory residue at a press conference. Photo: EPA

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.

Friday, 24 January, 2014, 11:01pm 1 comment

Crush course: How Hong Kong's schoolchildren are pushing for seized ivory destruction

Ivory pieces spew out of the rock-crushing machine, in Denver, the United States. Photos: Alex Hofford; Steve Oliver Taylor; Katrina Shute

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.

8 Jan 2014 - 3:19pm 1 comment

US officials crush 6 tonnes of ivory in bid to end illegal trade

Edward Grace, right, Deputy Assistant Director for Law Enforcement for the US Fish and Wildfire Service destroys six tons of confiscated ivory at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge on November 14, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. Photo: AFP

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

Customs seize 769kg of ivory tusks hidden in soya bean containers

The ivory tusks were found in three containers, wrapped up and hidden beneath bags of soya beans. Photo: David Wong

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

Conservationist Zhuo Qiang urges China to ban ivory sales

Emile N'bouke (in red) under guard as police show ivory seized from him. He is said to have killed tens of thousands of elephants. Photo: AFP

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

Chinese ivory smuggler caught in Kenya fined less than US$1 a piece

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

Build a monument to illegal ivory trade

A shop displaying ivory in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: EPA

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