Sunday, November 10, 2013

KEEPING THE WORLD SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA FIGHTING IVORY POACHING

 


Smuggled ivories confiscated in Xiamen [ news.cn] China hopes that different countries can improve coordination, do less finger-pointing and make more joint efforts in fighting ivory smuggling globally and conserving elephant populations, a Chinese official has said.

 In a recent interview with Xinhua, Meng Xianlin, deputy director of China's Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office, said the increase of ivory poaching in Africa was caused by several factors, such as conflicts between elephants and humans in the animals' habitats, local people's livelihoods, warfare and organized crime. "We can't simply attribute that to legal utilization and trade of ivory or to market demand," he said.

 China's success in combating illegal ivory trade became apparent early this week, when the police department under the State Forestry Administration announced on Thursday that it had investigated 60 ivory-smuggling cases so far this year, arresting over 100 suspects and seizing more than 1,000 kg of ivory.
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