Published July 09, 2013
MOMBASA, Kenya – Officials at Kenya's Mombasa port say they have seized a consignment of illegal ivory disguised as peanuts for export to Malaysia.
Paul Mbugua, a spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service, said Tuesday that the ivory was seized on Monday, the second such seizure in less than a week. Revenue officials in Mombasa last week seized a substantial consignment of illegal ivory disguised as sundried fish marked for export to Malaysia.
Mbugua said the more than three tons of ivory seized had been declared as 240 bags of peanuts.
East African countries face a growing problem of poaching and illegal ivory trading, 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.