Posts tagged ‘CITES’

10/02/2014

China leads int’l wildlife crime bust – China – Chinadaily.com.cn

Tonnes of illegal animal products have been seized and over 400 suspects arrested in an China-led sting against international wildlife crime, authorities said on Monday.

China leads int'l wildlife crime bust

The operation cleaned up over 350 cases, capturing more than 3 tonnes of ivory and its products, over 1,000 hides, 36 rhino horns and a large number of other wildlife products, said the China Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office.

The operation, codenamed Cobra II, was co-organized by China, the United States, South Africa, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network, and the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network.

The global crackdown was supported by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the World Customs Organization, and Interpol. A total of 28 countries participated between December 30, 2013 and January 26, 2014.

China’s authorities, including forestry, customs, police, judiciary and quarantine departments, put more than 100,000 staff on the operation, and uncovered over 200 cases involving more than 250 suspects.

China sent enforcement staff to Kenya for the first time, to arrest an ivory trafficking suspect and host lectures on wildlife protection.

via China leads int’l wildlife crime bust – China – Chinadaily.com.cn.

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25/02/2013

* Measures curb illegal ivory trade in China

Today the elephant, tomorrow the rhino and the day after sharks (fin).

China Daily: “China’s strict registration and management system can effectively keep illegal ivory from entering the domestic market, experts say.

Measures curb illegal ivory trade in China

According to Jin Yu, a researcher at Northeast Forestry University, China has launched an information control system stricter than the standards of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES.

Seized elephant tusks are displayed by customs authorities in Hong Kong in October. Ivory smuggling has fallen due to strict law enforcement in China in recent years. [Provided to China Daily]

CITES is an international convention that regulates the ivory trade, and monitors ivory stockpiles, consumption and products.

“On every finished product, there is an ID card with information regarding the product’s appearance, size and digital code, which can be used to obtain further information, including its original material, from an online database,” she said.

“It’s the only way to prove an ivory product is legal and should always be carried when selling or transporting ivory.

“Any trade without such a certificate can be identified as illegal.”

However, lack of expertise and experience may cause inaccurate surveys and reports that lead to allegations that the market has ivory products from illegal sources, Jin said.”

via Measures curb illegal ivory trade in China[1]|chinadaily.com.cn.

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