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Hong Kong

Volume 170: debated on Friday 20 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many seizures of illegally imported endangered species were made by the Hong Kong authorities in the second six months of 1989; how many seizures were made of similar categories intended for export; and if he will make a statement giving details of all seizures made, including country of origin.

[holding answer 29 March 1990]: The Hong Kong authorities made 60 seizures of illegally imported endangered species during the period July to December 1989:The following illegal imports were seized:

Slow Loris1
Pangolin3 live, 2 carcasses, 25·45 kg meat, 20 pieces of scale and l·5 kg of scale
Rhino (horn)17 pieces
Whale (bone)1 piece
Bear (paw)4 pieces
Otter (skin)2 pieces
Wild cat82 skins and 1 stuffed specimen
Monitor Lizard (skin)16,342 pieces
Alligator/crocodile1,498 pieces (skin), 56 kg (meat) and 1 stuffed specimen
Python (skin)86 pieces
Turtle/tortoise (live)8
Sea turtle34 stuffed specimens and 119 eggs
Giant salamander (carcass)1
Parrot (live)15
Bird of prey plus owl11 live, 4 carcasses and 2 stuffed specimens
Asiatic bony tongue fish (live)29 tails
Black coral (skeleton)4
Giant clam (live)4
Ivory2·39 tonnes
Countries of export included China, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Federal Republic of Germany, Spain, France, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela, South Africa.Only one seizure was made of endangered species intended for export: a live parrot destined for Switzerland.