Four tonnes of ivory seized

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Kenyan customs officers have seized almost four tonnes of elephant ivory in two separate shipments, officials said on Wednesday, amid a surge in poaching of the threatened animals. One haul of ivory weighing some 1,900 kg was discovered on Friday at the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, hidden under bags of sesame seeds, said Kenya Revenue Authority official Fatma Yusuf. On Tuesday, a further two tonnes (4,400 pounds) of ivory was discovered in another container disguised in a similar manner, with both shipments bound for Turkey. In addition, over 500 kg (1,100 pounds) of pangolin scales — meaning potentially dozens of the threatened scaly anteaters were hunted— for use in traditional medicine and as fashion accessories in Asia.— AFP



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