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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