S. Korea clamps down on ivory smuggling

By Yonhap
  • Published : Oct 19, 2017 - 11:17
  • Updated : Oct 19, 2017 - 11:17
South Korea has confiscated a combined 23.4 tons of smuggled wildlife products as part of the global movement against illegal trading of endangered species, the customs agency said Thursday.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, a number of live animals and plants, including rhinos, lions and elephants, and wildlife products, such as leather goods, wooden instruments and medicines, are banned from trading.

The Korea Customs Service has joined the CITES global project to clamp down on such smuggling in the Asian region since June and caught a combined 23.4 tons of ivory, rhino horns and other wildlife goods.

The KCS said it will strengthen cooperation with other customs authorities and international organizations to prevent further smuggling of endangered species. (Yonhap)