MADRID, 27th May, 2016 (WAM) — The Spanish Civil Guard has seized 74 elephant tusks from a private property in Colmenar de Oreja, in the Madrid region.
The owner was trying to legalize the 744 kilograms of ivory using a fake hunting license, with the goal of selling it for around ?200,000, the law enforcement agency said.
The tusks were taken from African bush elephants, an endangered species. Trade in the animal’s parts is prohibited, with a very few exceptions.
The suspect was attempting to legalize the stockpile using a hunting license issued by the Republic of Mozambique in 1970.
The confiscation was conducted by the Civil Guard’s nature protection service, SEPRONA, in partnership with the Spanish government agency in charge of implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).