Xinhua (China)

May 18, 2019

GUANGZHOU: A total of 7,746 kg of ivory and ivory products have been seized
in south China’s Guangdong Province in the first four months this year,
said customs authorities of the province Friday.

Guangdong customs busted 67 endangered species smuggling cases in the first
four months of the year. Apart from the ivory items, a batch of live
pangolins, eagles, and giant salamanders have also been seized.

Guangdong is one of the provinces where cases of endangered species
smuggling occur frequently, said Zhou Jijun, deputy director of the
anti-smuggling bureau of the Guangdong branch of China’s General
Administration of Customs.

The Chinese government suspended imports of ivory and all ivory products in
2015 and ended commercial processing and sales of ivory at the end of 2017.