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|BEIJING Cheap Air Max Womens , Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China has been making tremendous efforts in cracking down on international rhinoceros poaching and rhino horn smuggling, ahead of World Rhino Day Friday.
"Ivory and Rhino horn products dating from any historical period should be banned from public trade and auctions," said Ma Weidu, a renowned antique collector in China, who endorsed WildAid's latest promotional campaign on rhino protection.
"China's top-down efforts to crack down on rhino horn poaching and smuggling are admirable and effective in dimming the illegal trade," said Steve Blake Cheap Air Max Online , chief representative of WildAid, an international wildlife conservation agency, in Beijing.
Rhinos around the world are endangered, primarily due to poaching due to demand for their horns. Rhino populations have plummeted 95 percent in the last 40 years. In addition to demand for rhino horn for use in medicine, there is also significant demand for collectibles carved from rhino horns.
In celebration of the seventh World Rhino Day, WildAid Cheap Air Max Sale , National Geographic's Traveler magazine and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) launched a promotional video featuring Ma Weidu.
"Collectibles rooted in killing are valueless," Ma says in the video.
Since 2012, China has placed the building of a more ecologically focused society among its development priorities, with protection of fauna and flora a crucial element, according to Blake.
From 2013 to 2016, China organized and led worldwide cooperation against rhinoceros horn smuggling Cheap Air Max White , alongside international law enforcement agency, wildlife charities and various authorities worldwide.
"With more stringent legislation and law enforcement, the world's black market prices for rhinoceros horn are about one-third of what they once were," Peter Knights, founder and CEO of WildAid, told Xinhua last month.
All sales in rhino horn have been illegal in China since 1993 Cheap Air Max Shoes , and rhino horn has been removed from the Traditional Chinese Medicine handbook. Since 2011 all rhino horn items have been banned from auction house sales as well.
"China, from its authorities to the public, has been playing an important part in eradicating the brutal yet complex rhinoceros horn trade," Blake said.
"The end results of the illegal wildlife trade, no matter how refined in presentation, ought to be prohibited from being traded or auctioned publicly Cheap Air Max ," said Ma, who called on major international auction houses to put an end to all forms of rhino horn sales, including antiques.
"Despite the traditional appreciation of such crafts, rhino horn pieces are rarely sold at extremely high prices in China," Ma said.
Ma pointed out that a number of international auction houses had scandalous sales records of rhino horn, which sent out the wrong message.
"If we must choose between protecting wildlife or cultural collectibles Cheap Nike Air Max Womens , wildlife is far more important," he told Xinhua.
AWF Trustee Gordon Cheng welcomed the campaign and called for more global efforts to stop the trade in rhino horn.
"Today marks a new milestone for our Rhino Protection Initiative... We hope our program can help to convey the right messages for many existing collectors and users, and most importantly for the younger generation in Asia and around the world," Cheng said.
On Friday, National Geographic's Traveler magazine in Beijing launched its "Travel for Earth" program, focusing on ecotourism and experiences to see the surviving rhinos.
"Rhino-based tourism is hugely important for protecting rhinos Cheap Nike Air Max Online ," said Yu Hui of Traveler magazine. "As one of the flagship wildlife species in Africa, tourism to view them generates revenue for both local communities and conservation efforts."
Ma Weidu's new rhino campaign will appear on television, online, at airports and outdoor media across China in October 2017.
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WELLINGTON, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A police investigation into the collapse of a building that killed 185 people in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake could be completed later this year Cheap Nike Air Max Sale , the New Zealand Police announced Tuesday.
Any decision relating to prosecutions regarding the collapse of the CTV building would be made some time after that following a review of the information, said a police statement.
Most of the 185 people including 64 Asian students studying at an English language school killed in the 6.3-magnitude quake of February 2011 died in the six-storey building, which collapsed and caught fire.
The police announced they would advance a criminal probe which started in September last year after assessing a large amount of information regarding the collapse and engaged an engineering consultancy to provide expert opinion to the investigation.
"Police have made steady progress with the investigation with a number of very technical, complex and time consuming inquiry streams being pursued," Detective Superintendent Peter Read said in the statement.
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In September last year, the police said the expert opinion would include whether there were any serious departures from accepted standards by those involved in the building's design .