Hong Kong Customs Seizes Record Amount of Rhino Horns, Ivory

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong customs officials say they have confiscated a record amount of rhino horns and ivory products hidden in a container shipped from South Africa.

Officials say the shipment, valued at $2 million, included 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets. It arrived in Hong Kong's port from Cape Town on Monday.

Authorities have not released its final destination and they say an investigation is ongoing.

Under Hong Kong law, anyone found guilty of importing endangered species for commercial purposes can face a maximum fine of $640,000 and two years imprisonment.

Rhinoceros horn is used in many Asian countries for traditional medicine. Several subspecies of rhinos are believed to have recently become extinct.