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Philippine authorities seize 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth almost US$25 million

Philippine authorities on Saturday said they have seized some 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth nearly US$25 million in one of the biggest known operations of its kind in the country.Conservationists have expressed alarm over the surging illicit trade in the endangered creatures, which are used as a substitute for ivory following a global crackdown in the trade of elephant tusks.The Philippines is home to most of the world’s giant tropical clam species, and Friday’s raid…


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