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Swiss Customs Confiscate 578 Pounds Of Ivory Destined For China

by : UNILAD on : 04 Aug 2015 16:08
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Swiss customs have seized 578 pounds of ivory, destined for China.

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Customs officials intercepted the package during a security check. The ivory had been packed in to eight suitcases, and had been sent by three Chinese men from Tanzania to Beijing, via Zurich.

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Swiss authorities claim the 578 pounds of ivory may have come from up to 50 elephants, and they put the estimated black market value at about $413,000.

They also found lion fangs and claws in the suitcases.

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Increased demand for ivory from China’s middle-class has helped fuel the poaching epidemic in Africa.

The Chinese men were detained and questioned, and may face large fines for violating customs and animal protection rules.

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    Swiss customs seize 578 pounds of ivory taken from up to 50 elephants