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Time to get tough on wildlife trafficking

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Whether or not Hong Kong has become a hub for illegal wildlife trading, it’s clear trafficking has increased to a frightening level. Yet, it’s business as usual for the Customs and Excise and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation departments. Here is something that affects the city’s international image and obligations while government inaction is being implicated. So where are our vigilant lawmakers when you need them?

More than a year ago, customs officers seized more than seven tonnes of tusks worth about HK$70 million hidden in a shipment of frozen fish from Malaysia. It was the largest such seizure since records began in 1989. Three people were arrested at a local trading company, believed to be a front for a larger syndicate using Hong Kong as a transit point.

But the Department of Justice........

© South China Morning Post