It’s not often such a clear connection occurs, but when it does I am so glad.
Seems the Hong Kong authorities arrested a couple of Hong Kongers for illegally importing Honduran rosewood.
Reports of the arrest made the newspapers in Honduras (Incautan en China madera hondureña) and Hong Kong. (Hong Kong customs seizes 92 tonnes of endangered rosewood)
The arrest is just one of many involving the endangered tree. According to the South China Morning Post:
China has long been considered the epicentre of the illegal timber trade, with Hong Kong often a convenient gateway due to the city’s status as a free port. As much as 30 per cent of the city’s timber imports were from illegal sources, a 2010 report by WWF Hong Kong found.
Rosewood is valued for its finish and resistance to rot. The tree is primarily found in Honduras and Madagasgar. It is protected under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
This case shows — once again — that there are so many connections between different countries, if only reporters would look for them.
Granted, if would be nicer if the connections did not include destruction of vital natural resources or criminal activities.