About two and a half weeks ago there were 239 elephant tusks totaling 1.4 tons seized in Thailand and about a month before that another major shipment of illegal ivory was seized in Thailand. Has this deterred smugglers? NO! Instead they have decided to move their operations and on May 6 (yesterday) 2 tons of illegally smuggled elephant tusks were seized in the Vietnamese port of Haiphong. The tusks were hidden in plastic sacks and covered with seaweed and were bound once again for China. The shipment originated in Kenya, but thankfully Vietnamese officials managed to intercept it, resulting in the biggest seizure of all time in Vietnam. Though the ivory was headed for China it also sells well in Vietnam, and until the market for illegal ivory is destroyed these shipments, and hopefully seizures, will continue.
Ivory seized in Kneya that would most likely have been on its way to Southeast Asia or China.
A case full of goods carved out of ivory for sale in a Vietnamese Market.
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