BEIJING POLICE SEIZE 3,185 PIECES OF SUSPECTED IVORY

BEIJING, Beijing police have seized 3,185 pieces of suspected ivory. The items, weighing 48.3 kilogrammes altogether, were on display at seven stalls at the Guanxin Market in the capital’s Chaoyang District.

Ten people have been held for questioning in connection with Wednesday’s raids.

Police said their investigations had been going on for some time before Wednesday’s raid. The items have all been sent to laboratories to confirm whether they are made of ivory.

Chinese craftsmen have a long history of carving elephant tusks into elaborate artworks, which are often very expensive.

The government plans to impose a complete ban on commercial processing and sale of ivory and ivory products by the end of this year.

Police said the illegal ivory trade has been dropping in recent years. Last year, the amount of smuggled ivory tracked down by the authorities fell as much as 80 per cent from previous peak years.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK