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Rise in smuggled animal items

Hippo teeth, walrus horns and big cats are among some of the endangered animal items being smuggled into the country, border officials said. The Home Office revealed more items were confiscated between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year.

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Border official on 'heartbreaking' seizures of new ivory

Grant Miller, senior officer on the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITIES) Border Force team at Heathrow has said the market in endangered animal items being trafficked into the country is evolving.

He said there is a significant increase in items in such as ivory from west and central Africa being trafficked through London's "logistic hub".

"We pick up between 5-15 kilo of ivory at time. The heartbreaking thing is it quite clearly new ivory from recently slaughted elephants."

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