Monday 19 August 2019

Rhino horns worth €3.5 million seized in Vietnam

Customs officials at Noi Bai International Airport removing smuggled rhino horn pieces from packaging in Hanoi.
Photo:Vietnam News Agency/Getty Images
Customs officials at Noi Bai International Airport removing smuggled rhino horn pieces from packaging in Hanoi. Photo:Vietnam News Agency/Getty Images
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Vietnam's customs authority has confiscated 125 kilograms (275lbs) of rhino horns worth up to €3.5m.

The state-run Vietnam News reported that the 55 pieces of horn were concealed inside plaster blocks in an air shipment.

They were discovered on Thursday.

According to the authority, the shipment was declared as non-taxable material to avoid customs check as it arrived at Hanoi's international airport.

Vietnam and China are frequent destinations for trafficked rhino horns.

Many believe the horns can be used to cure various illnesses including cancer.

But there has been no proof there is a medicinal benefit from the horns, which are made of keratin, the same component in human hair and nails.

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