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Smuggled ivory hidden in pet food, vest

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Hong Kong’s suspected role as a trading hub for smuggled ivory has been highlighted after two seizures of ivory in two days by Hong Kong Customs.

On Monday, Customs intercepted an inbound courier parcel, declared to contain pet food. An examination revealed 38.6 kilograms of ivory covered with pet food.

A 35-year-old man was arrested but released on bail.

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On Tuesday, two men were arrested at Hong Kong International Airport after Customs seized 36 kilograms of suspected ivory products.

Customs found 19kg of suspected ivory concealed in a tailor-made vest inside the hand luggage of a 47-year-old man.

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A further 17 kilograms was found in the hand luggage of a 29-year-old man.

The cases are being followed up by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation department.

People found guilty of importing an endangered species without a licence are liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and two years’ jail.

Photograph: pixabay.com

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