Cambodia Not to Destroy Seized Elephant Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has rejected any requests to destroy the confiscated African elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Work Review and 2017 Directive Setting Conference of the Ministry of Interior, the premier congratulated the Cambodian authorities on the seizure of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns, and expressed his support to the Ministry of Environment’s suggestion to keep them for national and international exhibitions.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, there is a foreign government requesting Cambodia to destroy the seized ivory and horns.

That country has no influence on Cambodia’s administration, he underlined, announcing to welcome any countries that want to borrow the elephants ivory and rhinoceros horns for exhibition.

In December last year, Cambodian authorities confiscated more than a ton of African elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns, 137 kg of pangolin scales and seven tiger skulls worth millions of U.S. dollars.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press