Two ivory seizures reported today, in Uganda and Vietnam!
In both cases through the United Arab Emirates.
Ugandan authorities have intercepted a Singapore-bound shipment of ivory hidden in metallic drums and labelled as shea butter.
Fifty “pieces” of ivory have been discovered in the drums so far.
The load had been booked on a cargo plane belonging to Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ second-largest air carrier.
Vietnamese customs seized 43.5kg in Ho Chi Minh City airport hidden in the baggage of two Vietnamese people traveling home from Dubai.
The two passengers, Nguyen Van Ha and Nguyen Van Hien, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, confessed that the two men had been hired to transport the ivory from Dubai to Vietnam.
In the picture: Tusks and tusk-made handicrafts seized by same airport customs last June.