Officials: Wildlife products may finance terrorism
- Associated Press
- June 16, 2014 - 6:25 PM
NEW YORK — Federal officials say the U.S. government is cracking down on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across borders — especially through New York's Kennedy Airport, where some of the imports may be linked to terrorists.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and others spoke Monday at an airport news conference.
Froman says such trade is a threat to global security because it's driven by criminal elements. He says some terrorist groups have used profits from items such as rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks to finance their activities.
On display was a collection of wildlife products seized at Kennedy. They ranged from ivory disguised as a wooden statue to the stuffed head of a lion.
The single priciest item was a rhino horn. They can fetch $30,000 per pound.
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