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The Washington Post
12/14/2017

 Li Chunke began carving ivory after leaving school as a 15-year-old boy. 

Today, at 68, this master craftsman is working until the early hours of every morning, trying to finish a 20-inch statuette of Buddha on an unforgiving deadline — before China implements a total ban on ivory sales at the end of this month. The art of ivory carving survived even the tumult of China’s Cultural Revolution, but he’s worried it may soon die out. 

The Telegraph
12/05/2017


Despite the brutality of poaching, many antique collectors still value rhino horn over live animals. Such tainted products should be banned from sale in any form, said Ma Weidu, a well-known antiques dealer.

In September, Mr Ma endorsed a new campaign against the rhino horn trade launched jointly by nonprofit organisations WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and National Geographic’s Traveler magazine in China.

Hong Kong Free Press
09/06/2017

The environment undersecretary has stood by the government’s official stance that no compensation will be given to ivory traders when the ivory ban is implemented.

BBC News
08/30/2017

Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan is taking part in a campaign against consuming endangered pangolins, as Malaysia takes steps to ban the hunting of the animal.

The Rush Hour star appears in a video where he trains a trio of pangolins to use kung fu to defend themselves, while urging viewers against eating pangolin meat or using their scales for traditional medicine, Taiwan News reports.

Forbes
07/04/2017

From a giant deformed steel container shaped like a shark overlooking the city’s harbor, to a disturbing oil painting depicting a shark without its dorsal fin, a powerful new art exhibition has opened in Hong Kong to promote awareness of the mass slaughter of these marine creatures -- and ultimately the central role Asian consumers play.

Most conservationists agree that an estimated 100 million sharks are killed worldwide each year, and fins from the vast majority of them are used to make shark fin soup -- a delicacy at banquets in China and across Southeast Asia.

South China Morning post
06/17/2017

British-born wildlife campaigner Alex Hofford came to Hong Kong on holiday just before the 1997 handover and ended up settling here. The long-time activist, who lives with his family in the New Territories, began working in the city as a photojournalist reporting on environmental issues and has since travelled across Asia covering the illegal wildlife trade.

The Washington Post
03/29/2017

BEIJING — China will close 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops on Friday, roughly one-third of the total, as it moves to implement a pledge to end all domestic ivory sales by the end of the year.

The news is likely to foster hopes for an eventual end to the elephant poaching crisis in Africa, especially since a new study shows that prices of ivory in China are continuing to plummet.

The Standard
03/28/2017
More than 91,000 Hong Kong people signed a petition urging the government to act faster on banning ivory trade as the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel met yesterday to discuss a proposed ban.

The World Wide Fund had early delivered the petition to lawmakers and officials, and submitted a letter outlining reasons to back the government proposal, which includes a five-year grace period for ivory traders to sell their remaining stock without compensation, and a stronger maximum penalty of 10 years' jail for wildlife crime offenders.

Hong Kong Free Press
03/27/2017

Hidden behind the superficial beauty and craftsmanship of many ivory products lies the ugly truth of their frequently brutal origins and sad history. This creamy material with its wood-like grain is a medium for detailed carving and has long been coveted, with disastrous implications for the world’s largest land animal.

Taiwan News
03/17/2017

(Thailand / WildAid) - On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products.

In a show of solidarity, the nation's top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.

Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa.

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