South Africa sniffer canine intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

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Rhino horns in plastic

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The rhino horns have been discovered wrapped up in plastic

South African authorities have seized 116kg (256 lbs) of unlawful rhino horn being smuggled in another country.

The haul of 36 horns and horn fragments, price about $1.3m (£1m), is believed to be one of many greatest seized within the nation lately.

Customs officers at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg say it was sniffed out by Lizzy, a detector canine.

The horns have been discovered tightly packed inside packing containers, together with on a regular basis gadgets akin to decorations and doormats.

The eight packing containers have been already able to be shipped to Dubai, the South African Income Service (Sars) mentioned in an announcement.

Regardless of concerted efforts to struggle it, poaching continues to be a persistent difficulty in South Africa. Between 2007 and 2014, rhino poaching rose by about 9,000%.

Conservation teams say the variety of rhinos killed has been step by step reducing since 2014, however greater than 1,000 rhinos proceed to be killed within the nation yearly.

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Greater than 1,000 rhinos are killed in South Africa yearly

To get horns in another country, and infrequently on to profitable markets in Asia, poachers normally smuggle them out one after the other, or break them down into smaller blocks and pellets.

Generally the horn is floor down right into a powder, in order that it may be utilized in conventional medicines in China and Vietnam.

Sars says canines like Lizzy – who found the newest cargo – are a part of a nationwide initiative to struggle smuggling.

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