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Sicily, four ivory tusks exhibited in a hotel: seized

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Four raw ivory tusks have been seized, exhibited in a hotel in Sicily.

Four raw ivory tusks were displayed in the rooms of a hotel in Palermo: now they have been placed under seizure by the forest police of the nature anti-crime center of Palermo.

Inside the hotel structure, together with the tusks, other artifacts obtained from elephant parts were present and exhibited, which the public immortalized and often posted on social networks as well.

By means of some recent checks, the specialized military of the Cites Nucleus wanted to verify if the holders were in possession of the necessary authorizations and certificates for the possession of the tusks.
They have not provided, at least for the moment, any documents.

Please note that for this type of crime the on pain of imprisonment from 6 months to 2 years and a fine from 15 thousand to 150 thousand euros.
In fact, ivory is protected according to the provisions of the Washington Convention.

The fangs found and sequestered appear to be more than two meters tall and about 20 kilos in weight.
Furthermore, the discovery is made even more relevant by the fact that reference is made to unworked fangs, whose discipline is even more restrictive than that relating to worked ivory.

In fact, raw ivory, if of non-certified origin, could in fact constitute a raw material for making new products, thus increasing the illegal market which, both international and community legislation, are increasingly restricting.

Only in December 2021, the EU further tightened the regulations relating to the trade in worked ivory objects, providing for the obligation of the specific CITES certificate also for objects prior to 1947.