Ending illicit trade Mozambique burns world's largest rhino horn seizure

According to WCS, more than 2,400 kilograms (5,280 pounds) of ivory and 86 pieces of rhino horn weighing 193.5 kilograms were put to the torch, in the first major destruction of rhino horn ever.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

As part of a campaign to end an illicit trade that is fuelling a wave of big animal poaching in Africa, Mozambique has burned 2.5 tonnes of seized ivory and rhino horn, a conservation group, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has said.

According to WCS, more than 2,400 kilograms (5,280 pounds) of ivory and 86 pieces of rhino horn weighing 193.5 kilograms were put to the torch, in the first major destruction of rhino horn ever, Reuters news agency reports.

"Today sends a signal. Mozambique will not tolerate poachers, traffickers and the organised criminals which employ and pay them to kill our wildlife and threaten our communities," Mozambique's Environment Minister Celso Correia was quoted as saying.

In May this year, police in Mozambique seized nearly 1.3 tonnes of ivory and rhino horns, obtained from the illegal slaughter of 65 rhinos and 170 elephants, from a house belonging to a Chinese national.

Mozambique is a known source of poachers willing to cross the porous border to South Africa to fill orders for rhino horn from criminal syndicates in east Asia, where some consider it to have medicinal properties.

Download our mobile app today.

Android - Google Play Store

iPhone - Apple App Store

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Watch Water leaks from hole in wall at new Kwame Nkrumah Interchangebullet
2 His Excellency Top 10 John Mahama quotes that will shock youbullet
3 Young Leaders Three Ghanaians recognised by UK Queen for their...bullet
4 Pulse Live Daily EC extends special voting exercise by a daybullet
5 Presidential Debate Gov't has no jobs for you - Mahama to...bullet
6 Judgement debt Supreme Court puts on hold Amidu's oral...bullet
7 2016 Vote for Pulse Person of the Yearbullet
8 Presidential debate Power crisis still exist in Ghana - Nduombullet
9 Presidential debate Gov't facilities would have prepaid...bullet
10 Tsatsu Tsikata God delivered justice – Wife of Tsatsubullet

Top Videos

1 Kwame Nkrumah Interchange Water leaks from hole in wall at new Kwame...bullet
2 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
3 Night Life Some taxi drivers and their night driving experiencesbullet
4 Elections 2016 Nana Addo holds conference in Kumasi ahead of Dec 7...bullet
5 Obinim saga We had sex only once - Obinim victims confessbullet
6 School feeding programme Food for All Ghana helps feed schoolsbullet
7 Video IEA Presidential Townhall 2016bullet
8 Marine Drive Project Time's up, but residents refuse to...bullet
9 Obinim Pastor charged with assault; sent to CID Headquartersbullet
10 Meet Aisha the female mate who aspires to be a driverbullet

News