Dubai seizes 259 smuggled African ivory tusks

May 21, 2013
An African elephant is pictured on November 17, 2012 in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. A shipment of 259 elephant tusks smuggled out of Africa has been seized in the United Arab Emirates, the International Wildlife Fund for Animal Welfare said Tuesday.

A shipment of 259 elephant tusks smuggled out of Africa has been seized in the United Arab Emirates, the International Wildlife Fund for Animal Welfare said Tuesday.

The tusks were discovered at a Dubai port in a container shipped from Mombasa, Kenya labelled as wooden furniture.

Demand for ivory in east Asia has prompted a surge in poaching in recent years, threatening the existence of .

Elephant herds in Central Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa have all been hit.

"It seems to have been an increasing trend over the last couple of years," said Jason Bell, head of the wildlife group's elephant programme.

The latest seizure took place on May 1 but was only reported now.

It is believed to be the biggest seizure of illegal ivory in the UAE.

"This seizure is yet another distressing indictment of East Africa, which is now recognised as a clearing house for the illegal ," said James Isiche, the fund's regional director for eastern Africa.

Most ivory was headed for Asia and particularly China, the group claimed.

"The big issue is that there seems to an increasing demand for ivory in the east and mainly China and that's what really fuels the trade at the end of the day," Bell told AFP.

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