Poached jobs of elephant tusks busted in Thailand.
Thai customs officials seized poached jobs of elephant tusks by weight during a press conference at Customs Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thai authorities seized 330 kilograms or 727 pounds, covered with rough stones and transported from Malawi to Thailand, according to report.
A man from Gambia who came to collect the packages on Sunday, was arrested and charged with smuggling banned wildlife products the statement added.
The packages with ivory inside, together weighing 330 kilograms, were on board Ethiopian Airline flights from Addis Ababa. The parcels had originated in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe, according to the Thai customs department statement.
The international trade in ivory, with rare exceptions has been made illegal. Since the late 1980s after a precipitous decline in the population of African elephants. But that has not stopped criminal gangs seeking to exploit the continued demand for the material in Asia.
Elephants, including those living in Africa, are main target by poachers for their ivory, will find its way to Asia for jewellery and other decorative items purpose.
Prior to 2009, an average of five and never more than seven large scale elephant ivory seizures occurred worldwide each year. Since 2009 an average of 15, and as many as 21 such seizures, have taken place each year. According to the Elephant Trade Information System, TRAFFIC on behalf of parties to CITES. The illegal trade in live elephants, ivory and hides across the Thai-Myanmar border has become a serious conservation issue.
Tens of thousands of African elephants die for their tusks.
Poaching across Asia is reaching critical levels. Due to an unrelenting demand for illegal wildlife products. This ruthless trade is emptying Asia’s forests, and it’s not just large. Also iconic species such as tigers, elephants and rhinos that are put into slaughter.
Poachers have killed tens of thousands of African elephants for their tusks in recent years. Meeting the demand for ivory in Asia. putting the species at great risk. Thailand is a major poached jobs transit hub and destination for smuggling tusks, which are often go into tourist trinkets and ornaments. The biggest demand comes from China.
Last year, the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC praised Thailand for a huge drop in sales of ivory items. As a result from an official poached jobs crackdown. Aims at shedding the country’s image as a center for the illicit trade in wildlife goods.
Tusks and other body parts of elephants are worth for decoration as talismans. Also for use in traditional medicine across parts of Asia. Despite a lack of any peer reviewed proof it works, with China being a major market for such products.
Image Credits: (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)