Confiscated elephant ivory tusks are placed in a container before they are destroyed in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)
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Vietnamese authorities destroyed more than 2,200 kilograms (nearly 5,000 pounds) of seized elephant ivory and rhino horns Saturday, sending a message ahead of a key international conference the country is hosting next week that they want illegal wildlife trafficking stopped.Vietnam is one of the world's major transit points and consumers of trafficked ivory and rhino horns.In the past two months, authorities in Vietnam have seized 4 tons of ivory smuggled in five shipments from Africa. The destruction Saturday included 2,183 kilograms (4,800 pounds) of ivory and 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of rhino horns.
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