Thailand seizes rhino horns worth $5 million in biggest haul for years

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Thailand seizes rhino horns worth $5 million in biggest haul for years

Post by hhfarang » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:49 pm

Rhino horns are displayed during a news conference at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai customs have confiscated 21 rhino horns with an estimated value of nearly $5 million in the biggest such seizure in Thailand for years, officials said on Tuesday.

Thailand has become a major transit point for the trade in endangered species to other Asian countries.

The seizure of the nearly 50 kg (110 lb) of rhino horn came days after 300 kg of elephant ivory was impounded and a month after the discovery of almost 3 tonnes of pangolin scales destined for Laos.

"It's the biggest confiscation of rhino horns in 5 to 10 years," said Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, director of Thailand's Wild Fauna and Flora Protection division.

The rhino horns were found in luggage sent from Ethiopia to Thailand. Two Thai women who travelled from Vietnam and Cambodia to pick up the luggage ran off when it was subject to a random check, police said. Warrants are now out for their arrest. ..." ... 38745.html
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