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Officials: Wildlife products may finance terrorism

June 16, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is cracking down on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across borders — especially through New York's Kennedy airport. Officials say some of the imports may be linked to terrorists.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman spoke at an airport news conference Monday.

Froman said 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 rhino horns and elephant tusks to finance their activities.

On display was a collection of wildlife products seized at Kennedy. They ranged from ivory disguised in 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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