Today, 40 kilogrammes of rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong. The violators tried to smuggle the horns out of Johannesburg. The South African Environmental Affairs Department has thanked the customs officers in Hong Kong for arresting citizens who were trying to carry out the illegal trafficking.
The horns worth about R14 million have been transported to Vietnam in two cardboard boxes.
The nationalities of the arrested who have arrived from Johannesburg are currently unknown.
According to the department representative, Albi Modise, the customs officers did a great job, taking another step in eradicating poaching:
“To ensure that our efforts to deal with poaching is better placed, and South Africa has played a part here, recorded the dateline of rhinos that have been poached for their horns with a total of about 769 that have been poached in 2018 as compared to 1,028 in 2017.”
Today, the authorities are fighting with the trafficking of endangered animals via China. The volume of illegal smuggling is growing every year.