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Vietnam seizes seven tonnes of Angolan ivory

Vietnam seizes seven tonnes of Angolan ivory

Vietnam seizes seven tonnes of Angolan ivory

Vietnam seizes seven tonnes of Angolan ivory

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  • Vietnam authorities seized seven tonnes of smuggled Angolan ivory on Monday.
  • A Vietnamese court sentenced a man to 13 years in prison.
  • The government is still investigating the case.
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VIETNAMESE authorities seized seven tonnes of smuggled Angolan ivory on Monday (March 20), the largest seizure of wildlife products in years, according to the government.

Although the trade in ivory is illegal in Vietnam, wildlife trafficking is still prevalent. Pangolin scales, rhino horns, and tiger carcasses are also frequently found smuggled into the country.

Customs officials in Haiphong City discovered the ivory hidden in a container declared to customs as peanuts on Monday, according to a government statement, adding that the cargo had transited through Singapore.

This follows the discovery of more than 600 kilogrammes of African ivory at the city’s Lach Huyen Port last month.

A Vietnamese court sentenced a man to 13 years in prison last month for trafficking nearly ten tonnes of endangered animal parts from Africa, including ivory and rhino horns.

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On Monday, the government stated that it was still investigating the case.

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