Rhino horns, elephant tusks seized in Vietnam

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HANOI: Police in Vietnam have seized more than 700 kilograms of rhino horns and elephant tusks believed to have originated from Mozambique, state media said Friday. The haul of prized animal parts was discovered hidden in two containers on board a ship carrying ground stones at the central port of Da Nang on Thursday, Tuoi Tre newspaper said. “The elephant tusks weighed 593 kilograms and the rhino horn chunks weighed 142 kilograms,” the report said, adding that the illegal shipment had come via Malaysia. Communist Vietnam has long been accused of being one of the world’s worst countries for trade in endangered species. Demand for rhino horn remains high with people mistakenly believing it can cure anything from cancer to hangovers despite an absolute dearth of scientific evidence. Tusks and other body parts of elephants are prized for decoration, as talismans, and for use in traditional medicine.

AFP

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