Confiscated ivory and other wildlife (parts) stolen and sold on!
We often read news stories on arrests of wildlife traffickers and confiscations of protected wildlife and their parts. But what happens after? What happens to the criminals involved and will they face jail-terms or other serious punishment? What happens to the animals confiscated? Where do the animals parts such as rhino horns, ivory, skins, scales and bones go?
This table above shows the results of an investigation by us early 2012 and a three page article and documentary of ASTV on the subject. The table shows how confiscated wildlife and their parts get through the airport security and customs in most cases, but eventually still ends up on the illegal market as it is “Stolen” or “disappears” from government warehouses for confiscated goods.