Customs seizes 7,200 kilograms of Illegal Ivory – largest in 30 years WWF urges legislators to support ivory ban to help stop rampant poaching | WWF Hong Kong

Customs seizes 7,200 kilograms of Illegal Ivory – largest in 30 years WWF urges legislators to support ivory ban to help stop rampant poaching

Posted
06 July 2017


The government announced today that on 4 July, the Hong Kong Customs seized 7,200 kilograms of ivory tusks, the largest seizure in the past 30 years. The tusks were found in a container from Malaysia at Kwai Chung, declared as frozen fish.

This massive seizure once again shows that Hong Kong is a major hub for illegal wildlife trade and highlights the urgent need to end the trade. Hong Kong ranks 5th globally in ivory contraband with 33,000 kilograms seized between 2000 and 2013. This single seizure is almost one-tenth of the recorded ivory stock (77,000 kilograms) in Hong Kong.

The Legislative Council’s bills committee on ivory trade ban will have its first meeting tomorrow (7 July). WWF urges the lawmakers to pass the law and end ivory trade as soon as possible.

With such rampant smuggling and trafficking involved in the ivory trade, WWF-Hong Kong reaffirms its view that the ban of ivory trade be imposed immediately and with no compensation.  Tougher penalties such as a minimum 10 years imprisonment for illegal wildlife trade are also required.

With 20,000 elephants killed in Africa every year, there is no time to waste.
 
Hong Kong Customs seized about 7 200 kilograms of ivory tusks with an estimated market value of about $72 million on July 4 in a container from Malaysia at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound.
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