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KRA nab ivory marked as dry fish

03 July 2013, 16:10

Mombasa - Officials at the Mombasa port say they have impounded a substantial consignment of ivory disguised as dry fish exports to Asia.

Fatma Yusuf, a Kenya Revenue Authority customs official, said on Wednesday that the ivory, whose value was yet to be determined, originated from Uganda and would have ended up in Malaysia.

Paul Udoto of the Kenya Wildlife Service said the consignment gave "a pungent smell intended to throw off sniffer dogs."

Recently Kenya and its neighbours have been facing a growing problem of poaching and the illegal trade in ivory, as the demand for ivory increases in Asia.

According to CITES, the international body that monitors endangered species, the illegal ivory trade has more than doubled since 2007.

- AP


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