Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks which are illegally bought and sold by criminals around the world. Thailand is one of the top destinations for African ivory smuggling in Asia.
Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tons of illegal ivory hidden among boxes of fruit. The Southeast Asian country has increased efforts to tackle wildlife smuggling trade.
More than 300 kilograms of elephant tusks have been confiscated in Vietnam. Namibia and Zimbabwe meanwhile have lost their vote to allow ivory trade.
Cambodian officials have discovered an illegal shipment of ivory inside an abandoned shipping container, partially hidden in hollowed-out logs. The Asian state is considered a key transit point for the smugglers.
Governments are failing to fulfill their obligations to submit inventories of ivory stocks. Meanwhile smuggling networks are expanding to meet the illicit demand for elephant tusks in Asia.
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