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Tanzania seizes 797 elephant tusks, arrests Chinese nationals

797 elephant tusks hidden in sacks of garlic were seized in three raids on the house of Chinese nationals. Photo: Reuters

Police in Tanzania arrested three Chinese nationals and seized hundreds of elephant tusks in the past week in anti-poaching raids in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and the southern town of Mtwara.

Wednesday, 6 November, 2013, 11:12am

Save elephants from Chinese ivory trade or we lose them, says researcher

Joyce Poole, a world authority on elephants, has warned that Chinese demand for ivory is driving the worst poaching in history, with more than 7 per cent of the world’s elephants killed for their tusks in the space of a year. Photo: SCMP

More than 7 per cent of the world's elephants were killed for their tusks in the space of a year - the "worst in history", according to one researcher. And with over 40 per cent of the ivory haul bound for China, the biggest market for tusks, Joyce Poole, co-director of conservation group Elephant Voices, is urging Beijing to step in and ban the trade.

17 Jun 2013 - 7:13am 9 comments

Ivory keys on replica piano hit sour note with conservationists

It is expected the exquisite Bechstein Louis XV piano will find a willing buyer in China.

It is undeniably impressive with its intricate woodcarving, abundant gold leaf and stunning miniature paintings in the style of Watteau, but should a grand piano produced in 2013 have real ivory-topped keys?

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Hong Kong seizes 113 smuggled ivory tusks worth HK$3m

A seizure of ivory tusks in Hong Kong in January. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth about HK$3 million on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday.

The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked “spare parts” from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement.

The total seizure, weighing 300kg, was worth an estimated HK$3 million.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese buyers need to be educated on the ivory trade, says safari expert

Richard Knocker is a safari guide in East Africa. Photo: Sam Tsang

A veteran safari guide from Africa says the only way to stop the illegal trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns to China is by educating mainland buyers.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:25am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

Shipment of illegal ivory seized in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

On the government wondering what to do with the 16 tonnes of illegal ivory it has confiscated since 2008,  allegations of political interference at RTHK, and  hopes that relations between Beijing and the Vatican will improve under the new pope.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment

Briefs, March 4, 2013

At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend. 

4 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Chinese ivory smugglers fined just US$340

The four Chinese defendants listen to their interpreter in court. Photo: EPA

During sentencing in Nairobi, Magistrate Timothy Okello regretted the defendants' crime "is still considered a petty offence" and called for Kenyan laws "to be amended to reflect the gravity of such matters".

30 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

How Hong Kong's seized ivory could help US biologist stop poachers

Hong Kong Customs seized more than HK$10 million worth of ivory tusk this month. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's massive stockpile of seized ivory could help in the hunt for poachers who are killing tens of thousands of elephants across Africa, a leading US biologist says.

20 Jan 2013 - 2:16pm 2 comments

Hong Kong customs seize over HK$10m in illegal ivory

Hong Kong authorities have confiscated more than a ton of the elephant tusks worth HK$10.85 million. Photo: Felix Wong

Customs officials have confiscated HK$10.6 million worth of ivory in a cargo from Africa, in the third large seizure of the banned product in three months, they said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:35pm

Briefs, December 28, 2012

Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi was the Iranian health minister.

Former US president George H. W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, was in intensive care at a Houston, Texas, hospital in a "guarded condition", family spokesman Jim McGrath said.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:59am

Letters to the Editor, November 28, 2012

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has not been given a chance to do his job. Photo: Felix Wong

I am very disappointed with most of the crooked logic deployed in the criticism of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's official clarification of the unauthorised structures at his Peak home.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:56am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2012

It is no surprise beef prices keep rising. Photo: Martin Chan

HK's economy benefits from beef monopoly

There have been calls, because of rising prices, for the scrapping of the monopoly of the sole distributor of mainland cattle in Hong Kong, Ng Fung Hong.

The company has raised the wholesale price of cattle five times this year and this has not been well-received by the public.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 9 comments

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

A Hong Kong customs officer displays the shipment of contraband tusks from Tanzania that was seized on Thursday. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 2 comments

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

Elephant tusks seized at the Kwai Chung container port last week, one of the world's biggest ever hauls of smuggled ivory. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong's being a bridge between mainland China and the rest of the world is not just about cross-border trade. The seizure at the Kwai Chung container port last week of one of the world's biggest hauls of smuggled ivory re-emphasised that our city also has a duty to uphold international rules. The mainland's rapidly growing appetite for elephant tusks puts us on the firing line.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:29am