Monthly Archives: December 2013

Jail term and fines for smugglers ‘too lenient’

South China Morning Post 22 December, 2013 Wildlife conservationists slammed a four-month jail term and fines of up to HK$80,000 for five ivory smugglers from the mainland as “too lenient”, saying it will do little to stop the illicit trade. “It is way too lenient because Chinese people buying illicit ivory in Africa know that if they are caught, […]

Ivory prices in Hong Kong stores rise 50-fold in a decade

Simon Parry, South China Morning Post 22 December, 2013 Buyers are ‘investing’ amid fears legal trade is driving market for poached and smuggled tusks —- The price of elephant tusks in Hong Kong has shot up by more than fiftyfold in the past decade, raising concerns that the legal trade is fuelling demand for poached ivory and driving […]

Anti-elephant poaching story goes viral in China

mongabay.com December 20, 2013 A newspaper story about the impact of the ivory trade has gone viral in China, raising awareness among millions of Chinese, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The story, published November 15 in Southern Weekly  has been shared widely across Chinese web sites and social media, according to the conservation group. “The total views of the […]

New York State to Hold Hearing on Ivory Trade

Wildlife Conservation Society December 19, 2013 Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Will Examine Effectiveness of New York Restrictions on Ivory Sales Hearing will take place Thursday, January 16, in Manhattan New York is the largest market for ivory in the U.S. 96 Elephants are killed every day by ivory poachers Newswise — NEW YORK (December 19, […]

Man Smuggled Ivory, Rhino Horns From U.S. to China

NBC 10 Philadelphia Dec 19, 2013 Guilty plea in NJ to ivory, rhino horn smuggling A Chinese national acknowledged Thursday that he was the mastermind of an international smuggling operation that illegally transported more than $4 million in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory from the U.S. to China over the last several years. Zhifei Li, 29, of Shandong, pleaded guilty in U.S. […]

The human cost of the demand for ivory (Kenya)

Sarah Morrison, The Independent December 19, 2013 Every time Lemayan Lelesiit spots an aircraft in the sky, he asks his mother if his dad is nearby. Her answer, she says, breaks her heart each time. Lemayan, who turns two next month, will never get to meet his father. The former ranger and pilot, Moses Lelesiit, died two years ago […]

Legal ivory trade ‘will fuel demand’

By Melanie Gosling, Independent Online December 13 2013 Cape Town – About 30 000 elephants are killed in Africa every year, and opening the legal ivory trade is likely to increase poaching and lead to local extinctions of these big mammals, according to international NGO Environmental Investigation Agency. Executive director Mary Rice, who was in Cape Town after attending the […]

Woman caught with ivory at OR Tambo (South Africa)

Independent Online December 13 2013 Johannesburg – A 58-year-old woman was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport, in Kempton Park, on Friday for possession of 40kg of ivory, SA Revenue Service (Sars) said. Customs officials caught the Chinese woman aboard an SA Airways flight which was about to leave for Hong Kong, said Sars spokesman Adrian Lackay. “Officials acted on intelligence information they […]

Ivory smugglers sentenced in Vietnam (Mozambique ivory)

Justin King Dec 13, 2013 Ho Chi Minh City – A Vietnamese court sentenced two men to three years in prison for their role in smuggling ivory weighing 2,400 kilograms into the nation from Singapore. The tusks originated in Mozambique. The trial lasted one day. The two men were convicted of illegally transporting goods over the border, under Vietnam’s general smuggling provision. The […]

French customs announce major ivory haul

Expatica France December 16, 2013 French customs said Monday they found 82 kilogrammes (180 pounds) of elephant tusks in the boot of a car as part of a routine inspection, one of the biggest ivory seizures in a decade. Customs officials discovered two whole elephant tusks and several chunks of tusks worth around 80,000 euros ($110,000) in the car near the […]