Saturday, 17 November 2012

215 pieces of ivory seized by Dubai Customs

November 2012. Dubai Customs have foiled an attempt to smuggle a large consignment of ivory hidden in 40 boxes containing green beans. The customs authorities estimated the ivory, that was seized at the Jebel Ali Port. to be worth some £2.5 million.

The consignment was en route from an unspecified African country. The customs inspectors manually searched the boxes of beans and found that they contained ivory from at least 108 poached elephants of various ages.

Poaching has caused a decline of African elephants from millions to a few hundred thousand individuals in the past decades.

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