Uganda confiscates 500kg ivory

2015-03-17 19:47
A stock of recently seized Ivory. (Emile Kouton, AFP)

A stock of recently seized Ivory. (Emile Kouton, AFP)

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Kampala - Ugandan authorities confiscated 500kg of ivory tusks destined to be smuggled to Singapore, a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"We impounded the ivory on Friday at Entebbe airport. The ivory pieces were immersed in cassava flour and sealed in four metallic containers," said UWA spokesperson Jossy Muhangi.

"Our scans identified the sealed ivory, and the consignment is now with the airport police," Muhangi added.

The ivory had been transported on trucks coming from north-western Uganda, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the spokesperson. The poachers have not been identified.

Almost 35 000 African elephants are killed for their ivory each year and smuggled mainly to Asia, according to a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in the United States.

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