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Chinese State Media Touts Capture of Rhino Horn Haul in Shanghai

Image via CGTN

Chinese customs officials at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport seized seven rhino horns weighing almost 10kgs (22 pounds). The smugglers were apparently asked by a South African trafficker to transport the contraband, according to a video published this weekend on CGTN’s YouTube channel. The exact date of the arrest was not disclosed.

Why Is This Important?

  • After China banned the domestic ivory trade in 2018, there’s been a steady decline in news coverage by Chinese state-media of African wildlife trafficking issues. 
  • The rhino horn trade has not been a major priority for many Chinese stakeholders who often deflected questions on the issue by pointing out that it’s a bigger problem in Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam.
  • The fact that CGTN published a video of the seizure is notable in that it seems to address both of these issues.
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