Mombasa - Officials at the Kenyan port of Mombasa say
they have impounded a substantial consignment of ivory disguised as dry fish
exports to Asia.
Fatma Yusuf of Kenya's revenue agency said on Wednesday
the ivory, whose value was yet to be determined, originated from Uganda and
would have ended up in Malaysia.
Paul Udoto of the Kenya Wildlife Service said the
consignment gave "a pungent smell intended to throw off sniffer dogs".
East African countries face a growing problem of poaching
and the illegal trade in ivory, as the demand for ivory increases in Asia.
According to Cites, the international body that monitors
endangered species, the illegal ivory trade has more than doubled since 2007.