Asia’s biggest ever illegal ivory haul22/04/2011 20:06:13
More than 700 tusks confiscated
April 2011: A massive haul of ivory - described as one of the biggest ever - of 707 tusks, 32 ivory bracelets and a rhino horn, has been netted in a routine patrol by Chinese officials.
The confiscation comes just two weeks after Thailand customs officials found 247 elephant tusks concealed inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has praised the Chinese authorities on this achievement but warns that this is just one shipment in a sickening illegal trade that threatens the continued existence of elephants in some countries.
'We are concerned about the unrelenting demand'
‘The high profit margin that can be gained in the illegal trade of ivory is fuelling rampant smuggling and trafficking.'
‘We have to reduce demand for ivory or we will never bring this bloody onslaught to an end,' continued Gabriel. ‘To break every link in this trade chain - from supply to trafficking to demand - needs high-level political commitment from governments of the elephant-range states and consuming countries to crack down on poaching, smuggling and the trade in ivory.'