South Africa arrests three for trafficking lion bones


South Africa’s Ministry of Environment says they have seized 342 kilos of lion bones at Johannesburg airport.

Ministry spokesman Albi Modise says they have arrested three people suspected of trafficking the bones by misdeclaring the content of their luggage.

“When the shipment was inspected, 12 boxes of lion bones wrapped in aluminium foil and weighing 342 kg were discovered,” Modise said.

He added that although the export of bones of lions bred in captivity was legal, a special permit was required to send them out.

The bones are prized in Asia for their supposed medicinal values and are used to make jewelry.

South Africa is home to more than 11,000 lions, of which 3,000 live in national parks where hunting is forbidden.

In September last year, Singapore Airlines — the only carrier transporting lion bones from South Africa to Asia — said it was ending the practice.


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