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African rangers support Hong Kong ivory ban

A Kenyan ranger was among those who addressed Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) last week urging lawmakers to support a ban on ivory sales in the city.

Hong Kong makes record ivory seizure and arrests suspected traffickers

Customs officials in Hong Kong have seized about 7,200 kilograms of ivory, or nearly 16,000 pounds, from a shipping container that originated in Malaysia. The haul is the largest ever intercepted by any law enforcement authority worldwide since records began in 1989.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime, according to a customs press release. If convicted of multiple smuggling offenses, the perpetrators face up to nine years in prison and fines of HK$7 million (US$900,000) each.

The ivory seized represents 700 to 1,000 dead elephants, and includes many small tusks from calves. The size, shape and dark color of the tusks indicate that they likely came from imperiled Central African forest elephants.

Hong Kong art exhibit aims to deepen connection between people and sharks

An exhibition of contemporary art geared at raising awareness about the negative impact of shark finning has opened in Hong Kong this week.

"On Sharks and Humanity" showcases 36 works of sculpture, painting, film, photography and poetry at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

Artists' works express their unique perspectives on the relationship between humankind and the oceans, the individual, the city and nature, and reflect the concerning and disturbing future the oceans and sharks face.

Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year.

Hong Kong announces bill to ban ivory trade

Hong Kong came one step closer to legislating a full ivory trade ban on Tuesday after a heated debate between conservationists and ivory traders. 

At a special meeting of the Hong Kong Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs, it was announced that a new bill banning ivory will be put forward on 14 June 2017.

Hong Kong ivory ban receives widespread support

Hong Kong's Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs will hear public comments Tuesday on government plans to ban the trade in elephant ivory products.

In advance of the public hearing, the council received about 275 letters in support of the ban from Hong Kong residents and other interested individuals from as far away as South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Representatives from around 20 conservation groups, including WildAid, will address the council in favor of ending the ivory trade in Hong Kong. Mainland China is in the process of closing all its ivory carving factories and retail shops by the end of 2017.

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