Hong Kong's Largest Seizure in Three Years

A haul of 1,148 pieces of ivory tusks have been seized by Hong Kong customs authorities. Given the small size of many pieces, it seems likely that a large number of juvenile elephants were among those killed to make up the two tonne shipment.

Officials reportedly claimed this was their largest seizure in three years and was made following an X ray scan of a 20 foot cargo container, leading to the identification of the ivory found in sacks below planks of wood in a corner of the container. Similar to a massive 6 tonne seizure made by Malaysia late last year, the shipment is said to have come from Togo in West Africa, a known departure point for the illegal ivory trade, and was likely destined for mainland China. 

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