Sunday, October 30, 2016

Just What are Egyptian Authorities Playing At?

Just What are Egyptian Authorities Playing At?

On the 25th October the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trading put up for auction 500 Kg of confiscated ivory. What was the point? Confiscated by Customs and Excise and then offered for sale elsewhere. Egypt is a CITES signatory.

If it had not been for the timely intervention of Ms Dina Zulfikar this sale would have taken place. She attended the auction and bravely stood up and protested to the Assay and Weights Administration, Chairperson Brigadier General Mohamed Hanafi that including confiscated ivory in the auction violates the law. Happily he listened to her and the auction of these items was stopped.

What happens next?

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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