A monthly update on press coverage of the international illegal ivory trade. 

This month’s seizures represent at least 299 dead elephants…

5th May – Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Metal boxes disguised as diplomatic luggage are found to contain 115 pieces of unworked elephant ivory weighing 1.3 tonnes.  Press report

5th May - Hai Phong Port, Vietnam
Following a tip off, customs officials examine the contents of a container of rubber from Tanzania.  Inside, metal tanks used for storing the rubber are found to have been cut open and soldered shut with elephant tusks weighing almost 600kg inside.  The container had been registered for re-export to China.  Press report

5th May - Entebbe International Airport, Uganda 
A Chinese national attempting to board a flight to China is intercepted with a number of ivory pieces including chopsticks, house decorations and bangles weighing between 1 and 5kg.  Press report

11th May – Ibaraki Prefacture, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrest the former president of the Japan Federation of Ivory Arts and Crafts and his son for possession of 68 unregistered ivory tusks from their ivory trading shop outside Tokyo, potentially representing tusks from poached elephants.  Press report  [Editor's note: At the most recent legal auction of ivory in 2008 when Japan and China (approved 'ivory trading partners') bid for 105 tons of ivory, Japan was represented by 20 Federation member companies]


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