29 Nov '13, 4pm

#China increases #Prosecutions in response to illegal trade in elephant #Ivory. #CITES #WildlifeTrade #Poaching

#China increases #Prosecutions in response to illegal trade in elephant #Ivory. #CITES #WildlifeTrade #Poaching

China increases prosecutions in response to illegal trade in elephant ivory Geneva, 29 November 2013 - Eight Chinese citizens have recently been convicted and sentenced to 3 to 15 years imprisonment in east China's Anhui Province for smuggling a total of 3.2 tonnes of ivory between 2010 and 2012, according to a media release of the CITES Management Authority of China. All the ivory was bought on an auction website and sent to China via courier, falsely declared as calligraphy brush canisters or sewage pipes. The items were then offered for sale online to potential buyers in China. In addition to 15 years behind bars, the principal perpetrator was also ordered to surrender his 3 million Yuan (approximately USD 500,000) in cash. In a very similar case in the neighbouring Zhejiang Province, involving the same means and smuggling route, 10 individuals were sentenced to serve j...

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