This heinous rhino horn smuggling must be stopped
Airport security officers and NParks’ K9 unit had detected and inspected two bags, and found 34 kg of rhino horns, worth an estimated $830,000. This is the largest seizure of rhino horns in Singapore to date.
Checks and genetic testing are underway at NParks to identify the rhino species.
The seized products will then be destroyed to prevent them from re-entering the market, disrupting the global supply chain of illegally traded rhino horn, NParks said.
These beautiful animals, the rhinos, are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which Singapore is a signatory. Under CITES, international trade in rhino horns is prohibited.