Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vietnam discovers elephant tusks from Africa

A state newspaper in Vietnam says customs officials in the northern port city of Haiphong have discovered 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of elephant tusks illegally imported from Kenya.
The Pioneer newspaper says the tusks were discovered Tuesday hidden in timber in a container that arrived at Haiphong port in April. It says authorities are seeking the owner of the container.
Customs officials were not available for comment Wednesday.
In March, Haiphong authorities confiscated nearly 7 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Tanzania in the country's biggest seizure.
Tusks are used for ivory jewelry and home decorations.
Vietnam bans the hunting of the country's dwindling elephant population, which poachers value highly for their tusks.

Vietnam discovers elephant tusks from Africa - Taiwan News Online
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