ast month, authorities in China seized nearly 7.5 tons of smuggled ivory in what has been described as the biggest such bust in years.
China has long been the world’s largest market for elephant tusks which are used medicinally and also as decoration as displays of wealth. However, at the end of 2017, the country instituted a ban on the ivory trade.
Of course, this has not meant that the tusks have stopped coming into China, instead shifting more to the black market. Last month’s bust saw the capture of 2,748 smuggled tusks, enough to fill a ballroom.
A total of 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the bust. China’s customs office has promised to crack down hard on smuggling operations in 2019, reporting that 8.5 tons of ivory products have been seized already this year.
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