More than 2,000 pieces of ivory seized at Dubai Airport

ivory, Dubai Airport

Smugglers foiled thanks to an ongoing police operation.

A total of 2,272 tusks from elephants, gazelles and rhinos were handed over to the UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water. The General Department of Airports Security at Dubai Police seized the illegal haul over past months.

Smugglers attempted to transport the animal parts, weighing 1,346kg, through Dubai Airports.

Colonel Muhammad Ahmad bin Delan, deputy director of Airports Security, said: “Dubai Police are well trained and can foil any attempt to smuggle forbidden materials. As Dubai airports are at the crossroads between Asia and Africa, we have the ability to detect smuggling attempts. We are focused on transit points to ensure ivory is not smuggled.”

The UAE joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora agreement in 1990 and has been an active member since. Its aim is to make sure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

According to UAE law, ivory smugglers or anyone caught smuggling endangered animals or any of their parts face heavy fines and a possible jail term.

 

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