GNR seizes 187 pieces of ivory in Funchal (Portugal)



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Translated from the Portuguese by an automated online translation service, so please excuse the roughness. See link for the Portuguese original. 

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Elements of the Republican National Guard (GNR) seized 187 ornamental pieces in ivory, without certification, in a commercial store in Funchal, reported this Sunday the Territorial Command of this region. 

The seized ivory is “approximately 1.4 kilos”.

The merchant, aged 36, was the target of the respective report of contra-ordination, sent to the Institute of Conservation of Nature and Forests.

The fine may amount to EUR 24,000, it is referred to in the same document.

In the GNR note, it is mentioned that ivory was detected in a surveillance operation aimed at repressing situations of trafficking, exploitation and marketing of parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) developed last Thursday.

The GNR indicates that this action was reinforced by the Center for Investigation of Crimes and Environmental Counter-orders (NICCOA) of the Service for the Protection of Nature and the Environment (SEPNA) of Madeira.