Hong Kong Customs have intercepted an ivory smuggling attempt, despite the criminals having the genius idea of hiding the illegal shipment in pet food.
Around 38.6 kilograms of cut ivory with an estimated value of HKD386,000 was found in a parcel marked as “pet food” at Hong Kong Airport on Monday.
After examining the contents of the box, which came from Malaysia, officers indeed found dry pet food, which was easily brushed aside to reveal a bunch ivory hidden underneath.
Yesterday the police arrested a 35-year-old man who was apparently due to receive the package. The business proprietor has been released on bail while investigations continue.
He could receive a maximum penally of a HKD5 million fine and two years in prison if found guilty of violating the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance.