My Story on Ivory Policing and China on National Geographic’s Voice for Elephants

009I have a new story up on A Voice for Elephants at National Geographic.com.  It begins like this:

Chinese media reported last week that China has convicted a major ivory seller in Fujian and his accomplices for their role in an international ivory trafficking scheme that smuggled nearly eight tonnes of ivory out of Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

The arrest and conviction of a government-accredited ivory trader by Chinese authorities is a major law enforcement development, long overdue, and to be commended. It brings into further question, however, the decision by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to approve China in the first place. And it casts a further shadow over TRAFFIC, a World Wildlife Fund subsidiary hired by CITES to monitor ivory trafficking [read more]

2 thoughts on “My Story on Ivory Policing and China on National Geographic’s Voice for Elephants

  1. In your articles, you portray the religious group you’ve picked like they have commissioned the killing of the elephants so that the tusks could be used to make idols. So unscholarly man. I even wonder why National Geographic lets you publish. Really. So lacking in research and just trying so hard to be controversial by digging personal wherever. No one desired more those tusks than those who pocket money from them. It’s all sbout money….not some ivory worship you are ranting about. Tsk.

    • Yes, I agree: It is all about money. Unfortunately, there are some among religious followers who are in it both for honest devotional reasons and for dishonest reasons to profit from an illegal good. “So lacking in research?” The wonder is that I let you have your say.

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