Authorities have intercepted more than three tons of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511 pieces of ivory, which would fetch millions of dollars on the Laotian black market. The stash comes just days after a shipment of four tons of elephant ivory was discovered at a port in Bangkok, also headed for Laos but shipped from the Congo. Because of these discoveries, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has warned Thailand that it will ban the country’s entire wildlife business if they do not take action. The Thai government has complied, and has vowed to crack down on poached ivory.


Via The Guardian

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