08 Sep '11, 9pm

Massive seizures in Asia & Africa recover almost 2,000 elephant tusks from 3 recent smuggling attempts

Massive seizures in Asia & Africa recover almost 2,000 elephant tusks from 3 recent smuggling attempts

Authorities in Zanzibar reported the seizure of 1041 ivory tusks in August 2011. © TRAFFIC Illicit trade in ivory has been escalating since 2004 around the world. Experts believe that easily accessible markets selling illegal ivory and Chinese buying power are the leading drivers behind Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. Malaysia has emerged as a new smuggling transit point for shipments. Massive seizures have taken place in Asia and Africa including: September 5, 2011 - The Royal Malaysian Customs seized two containers filled with 695 elephant tusks . The shipment was labeled “recycled craft plastic,” originated in Tanzania and was destined for China. The tusks, weighing close to 4,500 pounds , were packed in gunny sacks and hidden under the plastic material. August 29, 2011 - Customs officers in Hong Kong reported the seizure of 794 pieces of ivory tusks weighing almost ...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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