Ivory Dealers Arrested in Yaounde, Cameroon

The Centre Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife, working in collaboration with the forces of law and order, the Judiciary and SSN member the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), recently arrested two wildlife traffickers trying to sell four carved pieces of ivory and brought an Egyptian to court for complicity.

The arrests occurred shortly after the Cameroonian authorities raided the forests of Dja, Lobo and Djoum and dismantled two hunting camps used by poachers, leading to the seizure of half a ton of elephant meat, 12 ivory tusks, two elephant tails and various weapons left behind by poachers when discovered by the authorities.
 
Under Cameroon’s 1994 wildlife legislation, penalties can include a sentence of 3 to 10 years and/or a fine of up to 10 million FCFA (21,200 USD) for anyone found in possession of parts of dead or live protected animal species, including elephants. 

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