Ivory trade

Thanks for ivory battle, child defenders of elephants tell officials

(From left) Illeana Li, Nellie Shute, Christina Seigrist, Lucy Skrine and Tommy Tsui have each made a thank-you card for senior customs officials. Photo: David Wong

Five children have given handmade thank-you cards to government officials for their efforts to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife. The young campaigners also delivered a 60,000-signature petition to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, ahead of a crunch meeting today that will decide the fate of the city's huge stockpile of seized elephant ivory.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 3:05am 3 comments

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

Conservation official denies legal ivory trade to blame for poaching

Yan Xun answers questions during a press conference on the wildlife conservation in China held by the State Council Information Office in Beijing, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

China’s small traditional trade in carving uses ivory acquired through legal auctions and in no way encourages or worsens the problem of elephant poaching in Africa, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday.

21 May 2013 - 5:25pm

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

Hand of organised crime in ivory trade

A customs officer displays some of the 3.9 tonnes of seized tusks.

Hong Kong is on the frontline in the fight against illegal ivory trafficking, and has a growing role as a transit point of the illicit trade, according to reports by the UN and a wildlife agency.

Large-scale seizures in the city in recent years point to the involvement of organised crime, one of the reports says.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:38am

Four Chinese men in Kenyan court over ivory smuggling

Four Chinese men appeared in a Kenyan court on Monday charged with smuggling ivory, a judicial official said.

The men were arrested on Sunday carrying ivory products, including 40 chopsticks, six necklaces, bracelets and a pen holder, as well as two pieces of raw ivory weighing 9.6kg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Vatican defends ivory record with elephant lovers

Photo: EPA

The Vatican defended itself on Wednesday against accusations it encourages illegal ivory trafficking, telling elephant lovers it would do what it could to help combat “a serious and unjustifiable phenomenon” but warning campaigners not to expect too much.

23 Jan 2013 - 10:32pm

Letters to the Editor, November 15, 2012

Illegal ivory tusks seized in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

All African elephants under threat

I refer to the letter from Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ("Differentiating legal and illegal trade", November 3).

Once again, your correspondent's approach is inaccurate. While in his letters he often struggles to explain that the shark fin trade remains sustainable, he is mistaken when he writes about elephants.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Thai man pleads guilty to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa

Thai prostitutes were given about US$800 to fly to South Africa to stage fake hunts and pose next to rhinos killed by someone else.

A Thai man has pleaded guilty to smuggling rhino horn from South Africa, in a bizarre case in which prostitutes posed as big game hunters to conceal an international trafficking ring.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Letters to the Editor, November 3, 2012

SFC has had some reversals of fortune. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Differentiating legal and illegal trade

I refer to your editorial ("Make ivory the new shark's fin", October 24). The proposition that Hong Kong should regard any use of elephant ivory and shark fins as equally shameful, in order to better serve conservation interests, is in need of clarification.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 1 comment

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

Letters to the Editor, October 3, 2012

Emissions at a power plant in Jilin province. Photo: AP

China must lead world in emissions cuts

I refer to the article ("China, EU strike deal to cut carbon", September 21).

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42am 2 comments