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Police seize elephant foot used as stool 

Agents of the Civil Guard belonging to the Service of Nature Protection (Se-prona) of Playa de las Américas have seized an elephant’s foot, used as a stool, in a house located in Callao Salvaje.

Bearing in mind that elephants are a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the agents proceeded to make the corresponding arrest warrant and report the finding to the authorities.

The Civil Guard recalls that the CITES Convention covers both living specimens and their products and parts, which, given their degree of protection. This restricts their trade not just over sales but the offer, transfer or exhibition of the specimens.

In addition, on February 16th, the ‘Spanish Plan of Action against Illegal Traffic and International Furtivism of Wild Species’ was approved, which will give priority to the conservation of endangered species of fauna and flora.

This plan contemplates a set of 26 specific measures and among the most important measures is the reinforcement of the inspection and control actions of the transit of wild species and the empowerment of the prosecution of crimes on the wild fauna and flora.