Thai Customs seize 281 elephant tusks

PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A Thai forensic police officer inspecting confiscated African elephant tusks at the Customs department in Bangkok yesterday. The Thai authorities seized 281 tusks weighing more than 700kg, of which 168 are from African elephants, at an airport on Koh Samui island, Thai Customs said. The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has banned ivory trade since 1989.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2015, with the headline 'Thai Customs seize 281 elephant tusks'. Print Edition | Subscribe