Monday’s seizure of three tonnes of elephant ivory in Mombasa Port brings to 4.5 tonnes of ivory seized in the Kenyan city in less than one week.
Monday’s seizure of three tonnes was discovered disguised as a consignment of peanuts, while the last week’s seizure of 1.5 tonnes was disguised as dried fish. Both consignments were to be delivered to Malaysia.
“Kenya’s law enforcement authorities have clearly upped the game in their determination to put an end to ivory trafficking,” said Jason Bell, Director: Elephant Programme of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).
“Their achievements in less than a week are both thrilling and very depressing – their work to interrupt the illegal trade in elephants is very encouraging, but the fact that so much ivory is being intercepted is an indication of how far out of control elephant poaching has become.”
Yesterday, Tanzanian and Malawian authorities announced they had seized 1,126 pieces of ivory in a joint security crackdown.
East Africa has been identified as a major source and trafficking route for poached ivory. This latest seizure brings to over eight tonnes the amount of ivory linked to Kenya seized so far this year. More....