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Singapore seizes record volume of elephant ivory

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Published on July 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:57s

Singapore seizes record volume of elephant ivory

Singapore said on Tuesday (July 23) it had seized 8.8 tonnes (9.7 tons) of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups said is a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade.

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Singapore seizes record volume of elephant ivory

The elephant ivory, estimated to be worth $12.9 million, came from nearly 300 African elephants, and was heading to Vietnam through Singapore from Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The haul also contained the third major seizure of pangolin scales in Singapore this year -- 11.9 tonnes (13.1 tons) of scales, worth about $35.7 million.

The ivory haul falls just short of 9.1 tonnes seizure in Vietnam in March, which non-government organisation Environmental Investigation Agency said was thought to be the largest ever globally.

Singapore is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and said it is committed to the global effort to curb the illegal wildlife trade.

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