The Philippines recovers $25 million worth of illegally harvested giant clams

Some 200 tons of illegally harvested giant clams worth about $25 million were seized in the Philippines, a place that is home to most of the world’s giant tropical clam species.

The Friday capture is reportedly one of the biggest known operations in the country, with conservationists raising alarms of the illicit trade market for the endangered clams, which are used as an ivory substitute for elephant tusks.

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“Taking the giant clams from their natural habitat is a form of intergenerational crime,” Jovic Fabello, a spokesman for
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