Recently, I held a meeting with the director of Kenya Wildlife Service, Mr William Kiprono...
First, China put the African elephant on the list of “first-class wildlife species under special state protection”. Smugglers are committed to jail terms up to life imprisonment.
Second, China manages legal ivory trade very strictly. The country is a licensed buyer of the legal ivory trade regime sanctioned by Cites.
The current 62 tons of non-poached ivory stockpile in China were purchased in 2008 at an international auction. The ivory products are earmarked with unified icons and a central data base was set up to check the flow.
Third, China has established an inter-departmental law enforcement mechanism involving forestry, Customs and public security agencies. This mechanism has effectively cracked down on many smuggling cases.
Fourth, China actively promotes international co-operation against poaching. With the support of the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association, Chinese entrepreneurs donated $200,000 to the “African Elephant Conservation Fund.
“Operation Cobra” was executed by China jointly with the USA, South Africa and other organisations to fight the smuggling of endangered species in 22 African and Asian countries from January to February 2013.
A total of 6.5 tons of ivory, 26 rhino horns and other products were seized. China dispatched more than 10,000 law enforcement staff and seized more than 90 offenders. Through this action, China sent out a strong message that poachers will be severely punished for their crimes.
Fifth, China emphasises educating her citizens on wildlife conservation. Chinese visitors to Kenya automatically receive text messages from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya warning them not to engage in ivory products....