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Officials seize half a ton of Kenya ivory

2012-07-17 17:59

Bangkok - Thai customs officials have seized half a ton of ivory at Bangkok's international airport.

The ivory was discovered on Friday hidden in crates aboard a flight from Kenya.

Customs officials displayed the 456kg haul on Tuesday. One official estimated that the 158 pieces of ivory were from the tusks of about 50 elephants.

The officials said they acted on a tip-off to seize the ivory, which was in six crates labelled as handicrafts.

No arrests have been made.

Ivory shipped to Thailand typically is used to make Buddhist carvings or jewellery. Thailand is also a transit point for other markets, including China.

The international trade in ivory was banned by an international convention in 1989 as a measure to prevent the poaching of elephants.