BANGKOK — Thai authorities have seized 326 pounds of African elephant ivory, together with three huge tusks, price around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport.
The haul from Nigeria consisted of the tusks and 31 tusk fragments that were seized Jan. 5 after the cargo was flagged through officials. The tusks were destined for China the place there’s a large call for for ivory, police Gen. Chalermkiat Srivorakan mentioned Friday.
The Scale of the tusks shows they have been taken from huge African elephants, which remain scarce within the wild and the tusks’ discolored state indicates that they had been stored in storage for a protracted time, mentioned Somkiat Soontornpittakkool, an reputable from the department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
“From what I Will inform, these ivory tusks had been taken from very big elephants and elephants of that size at the moment are exhausting to find even in Africa,” Somkiat mentioned. “And judging from how the tusks glance, they seem to were taken some time in the past. They weren’t hunted just lately. They have been taken and saved for a while before smugglers sent them out.”
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A Customs Department statement mentioned that the seized ivory can be impounded as police widen investigations to identify suspects involved within the smuggling.
Thailand had been thought to be to have the most important unregulated ivory marketplace in the world and have been threatened with sanctions beneath the trade of secure flora and fauna species, nevertheless it introduced new rules and amendments in 2014 and 2015 to regulate household ivory markets and criminalize the sale of African elephant ivory.
Thailand remains to be regarded as an immense transit hub and vacation spot for smuggled tusks, but the biggest demand comes from China.
Last 12 months, Thai officers seized 510 smuggled elephant tusk fragments in 4 separate instances, the Customs Department mentioned. Rhinoceros horns, pangolin scales, turtles and different exotic wildlife also are again and again smuggled via Thailand.
Thai customs officers display seized ivory all the way through a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand.