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Uganda Ivory, Animal Parts Bust: Officials Seize Hundreds Of Pounds Of Products At Border

02/14/12 10:06 AM ET AP

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Uganda Wildlife Authority acting executive director Dr. Andrew Seguya displays some the 162 kilograms of ivory and other animal products impounded while being smuggled, in the capital Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Officials in Uganda say they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kilograms) of ivory and other animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the country.

Sarah Banage, a spokeswoman for the Uganda Revenue Authority, said on Tuesday that the products could be worth up to $700,000. The seized goods include ivory, bones, teeth and animal skin.

Ugandan officials say Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade in endangered species and animal products.

In 2010 wildlife authorities started a sensitization campaign that they say has led to increased awareness among customs agents of what is contraband. They said the latest seizure is a sign of progress.

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