Another 2 Seizures in Vietnam and Kenya

 

Over the past few days, two more seizures have taken place in Vietnam and Kenya, netting 1,655kg of ivory and an additional 48 tusks.

The first seizure occurred in Kenya, when two containers were searched on a main road leading into Nairobi.  Documents accompanying the containers stated the consignment contained medicinal herbs originating in Uganda.  Once searched however, officials found 48 tusks and 7 tonnes of sandalwood. Although a Korean national who runs gambling businesses in Nairobi and was arrested in connection with the seizure allegedly stated the origin of the tusks to be Kenyan, the Kenya Wildlife Service more recently stated that the massive haul came from southern Africa.

The second seizure took place at Hai Phong port in Vietnam, with customs officers following a tip off to find a container that arrived from Malaysia with 1,665kg of ivory hidden among African snails. Documentation allegedly revealed the shipment to be destined for a company based near Vietnam's eastern border with China.  This company reportedly refused delivery of the container and disputed its ownership of the contents.

These two seizures bring the total figure for ivory seized over the past month to more than 4,259kg, including the 400kg of ivory and rhino horn seized in an INTERPOL-led operation in six southern African countries earlier this month which was supported by The Born Free Foundation.  4,259kg represents the death of 648 elephants.  Born Free is calling for urgently needed funds to help bring an end to this poaching onslaught.  

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