02 Apr '11, 12am

Thais seize 2 tons of ivory in largest bust ever (Straits Times)

A Thai customs official displays seized elephant tusks smuggled into Thailand from Kenya at the customs headquarters in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AP BANGKOK - THAILAND has confiscated two tons of African elephant tusks worth millions of dollars being smuggled through a Bangkok port, in what authorities said on Friday was the country's largest ivory seizure. The 247 tusks, some up to 2m long, were found on Wednesday during an X-ray scan of a shipping container labelled as frozen mackerel, customs officials said. They valued the tusks at 100 million baht (S$4.16 million). 'This is the biggest lot that we have ever seen,' said Mr Prasong Poontaneat, the Customs Department director-general. 'By looking at the length and appearances, they could not simply cut the ivory off, but had to kill the creatures to get these tusks.' Poaching of elephants in central and eastern Africa has inten...

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