2018: China’s combat on smuggling products of endangered species



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China’s customs authorities cracked down on a total of 175 smuggling-related activities involving endangered animals and plants in 2018.

Numerous products, including 1,276 antelope horns, two African elephant tusks, 44 bear gallbladders and a large amount of mammoth and walrus ivory products were seized in Harbin City, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. 

South China’s Shantou customs, in cooperation with its counterparts across other parts of the country, cracked down on four criminal groups and arrested 10 suspects for illegally trading rare wild animals in 2018. 

They also seized 198 parrot eggs and a total of 567 rare birds, including cockatoo ridges, scarlet macaws and toucans. 

In Zhanjiang City, south China’s Guangdong Province, customs seized as much as 401 tonnes of products made from endangered animals and plants, such as leopard pelt and python skin. 

Forest police in central China’s Henan Province recently concluded the largest wildlife products trafficking case involving 15 million yuan, with three tiger pelts and 315 kilograms of ivory being seized. 

China’s customs also set up special anti-smuggling units to investigate and combat the smuggling of endangered species as part of their aim to crack down on the smuggling endangered species. 

A total of 38 out of the 175 smuggling cases were related to illegal ivory trading in 2018, weighing a total amount of 800 kilograms.