» 06/18/2013, 00.00
China, the domestic market for ivory endangers the survival of elephants
One-tenth of elephants on the planet killed last year. Despite the international ban on the ivory trade, the sale of "white gold" in China is lawful and widespread. A researcher: "The species is at risk, Beijing must recognize the problem."
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - "The insatiable Chinese demand for ivory is likely
to make the extinction of elephants a real problem". As researcher Jennifer Ngo
writes in the South China, trafficking in elephant tusks, which is prohibited
by the international community, is an easy trade through Hong Kong.
There are about
400 thousand elephants in the world, divided between Central Africa and the
Indian area. In
the last year 40 thousand have been killed, explains the activist Joyce Poole
"about 93% of these are victims of poachers." Although
Beijing signed the international ban on trade in ivory in 1989, the sale of
elephant tusks in the territory of China takes place in broad daylight. The
so-called "white gold" makes a stop in Hong Kong, where, once avoided
any international control, it can be sold in a transparent manner to Chinese
data reported by Elephant Voices
Group, a non-governmental
organization of which Joyce Poole is
co-director, since 2008 Hong Kong has seen trade in some 16 tons of ivory, an
amount that would have required the killing of at least 1800 living elephants. "It's
not - says the activist - that the international ban does not work, but the
reticence on the part of the Chinese authorities to apply it within their own
borders and the increased trade is an incentive for the poachers."
Ivory sells at
700 dollars per kg in China and is a prized symbol of high social status. Joyce
Poole who will be engaged in a campaign to raise public awareness in Hong Kong,
Shenzhen and Beijing, explains that "the ivory that is on the market today
is the result of poaching, not a natural death. A lot of people cannot imagine
that in order
to get the tusks, the elephant has to be killed".
17/07/2008 CHINA - SOUTH AFRICA
Animal rights activists on war footing against ivory market in China
The organisation that deals with trade in endangered species has approved exchange between China and South Africa, allowing the Asian country to import 51 tonnes. In Kenya, three Chinese are arrested under the accusation of "illegal trafficking" of ivory.
10/10/2012 LAOS - JAPAN
Laotians and environmentalists against government loaning eight elephants to Japan
The pachyderms are bound for zoos and a safari park under a three-year agreement between the two governments; one site is not far from the Fukushima evacuation zone. Once dubbed the 'Land of a million elephants', Laos now has only 900 animals. Illegal ivory trafficking is one major reason.
30/06/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
Beijing concerns about 1 July march in Hong Kong
At least 100,000 people are expected, including public sector employees frustrated by slow contract talks. A big turnout would be slap in the face of mainland China. Official ceremonies are scheduled in the morning, march for democracy in the afternoon.
03/06/2006 china - hong kong
The Tiananmen massacre: after 17 years let's build up workers' rights
15/12/2005 HONG KONG CHINA - WTO
Chinese trade unionist: "WTO failed because it has no ethical or moral guidelines"
Han Dongfang, founder of the first free Chinese trade union, told AsiaNews that the "WTO could play an important role in exporting values which protect workers". To save itself, China "must change its mentality and allow free unions".
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
18/05/2017 ASIA - VATICAN
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.