Vietnam Customs Seize One-tonne Illegal Ivory Haul from Kenya

file-photoVietnam customs officials reportedly seized nearly one-tonne of illegal ivory haul from Kenya.

According to the officials, the ivory was hidden in a timber shipment. This is the third major illegal haul of precious ivory tusks to be seized in less than a month.

Vietnam is a popular transit route for smuggling ivory from Africa to get to other parts of Asia, especially China where it is used for decorative and medicinal purposes.

Ivory products are also highly sought in Vietnam though the trade is illegal and officially banned.

The latest ivory haul from Kenya was intercepted at a port in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, where it was carefully hidden in a shipment of timber logs. This a common practice among smugglers.

November 17 and 18 this year, Vietnam will host an international conference on illegal wildlife trade.

The conference will be attended by high profile figures among them Britain's Prince William, a vocal critic against illicit wildlife smuggling.

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