SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade Tuesday, with the haul from Kenya worth an estimated Sg$8 million ($6 million). The animal parts were discovered stashed among bags of tea leaves in two 20-foot containers while transiting through the city-state to Vietnam, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Singapore Customs said in a joint statement. Authorities uncovered 1,783 pieces of raw ivory tusk hidden among the bags, the statement said. Four pieces of rhino horn and 22 teeth believed to be from African big cats—cheetahs and leopards—were also found in the containers, it said.
The haul weighed 3.7 tons and is the largest seizure of illegal ivory in Singapore since 2002 when six tons of ivory were intercepted, the statement said.