The US is to send dino bones and eggs to Mongolia. This is being handled by ICE.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department of the US returned a number of dinosaur skeletons and fossils to Mongolia. These fossils of eggs and bones were a part of recent searches by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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Mongolia has certain laws according to which dino fossils cannot be privately owned. Among the dinosaur fossils may be included: Bactrosaurus, Protoceratops, Psittcosaurus and various eggs and skulls of these ancient reptilian beasts.
“Today’s ceremony is an excellent demonstration of the cooperation between HSI, our colleagues at the Department of Justice and our foreign counterparts with the Government of Mongolia,” said Peter T. Edge, HSI’s executive associate director.
“A successful repatriation requires extensive cooperation among all parties involved, which is rewarded by the knowledge that we’ve returned what rightfully belongs to the people of Mongolia.”
The ceremony to return stolen dinosaur fossils was also attended by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers, the Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations Robert E. Perez and the Mongolian Ambassador to the United States Altangerel Bulgaa.
“Mongolia is home to the world’s largest reserve of dinosaur fossils with many discoveries waiting to be made,” stated Capers.
“We are proud of our role in restoring this rich paleontological heritage to the Mongolian people and taking these cultural treasures from the hands of looters and smugglers. We stand beside the people of Mongolia by disrupting the international trade in smuggled fossils and returning them to their home where they will be studied and treasured.”
“CBP is extremely proud to have played an important role in returning these valuable national treasures to their rightful owners," said Perez. “CBP’s cooperation with HSI demonstrates the continuing resolve of law enforcement in the United States to address illegal trafficking in stolen artifacts.”
It was an ideal instance of the level of cooperation between the US government and the people of Mongolia. What had all along been the rightful property of the Mongolian government has been returned in a safe and sound manner.
Mongolia is the spot on earth where the most dino fossils and eggs have been found so far. It is a good thing that these precious fossils have been recovered from the illegal custody of thieves and smugglers.
The government of the United States was cooperating on a full-time basis with the authorities in Mongolia on this one. The United States wants to address the issue of wanton trafficking of artefacts and specimens that are rare in nature.
Three years ago, a repatriation of a Tarbosaur-Bataar skeleton was made. Since then many other instances of returning the right goods to their rightful owners has been common practice. Over 23 dino fossils have been sent back to Mongolia where they belong.
The government and people of Mongolia expressed their profound thanks to the US authorities for this act of generosity and justice. Future cooperation will continue in this regard.
“Three years ago, we celebrated our first repatriation ceremony of the skeleton of a Tarbosaur-Bataar. The T-Bataar case was a unique one in many aspects. Most importantly, it has laid foundation of further strong and fruitful cooperation between our two governments in the fight against illegal trade of cultural heritages including fossils. Thanks to this fruitful cooperation, 23 dinosaur fossils were repatriated to Mongolia during the last three years and now we are witnessing a repatriation of seven fossils including an Alioramus skull,” stated Bulgaa.
“I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Government and people of Mongolia, to express our profound gratitude for the hard work and dedication of American law enforcement agencies. I have no doubt that these efforts will further strengthen of our bilateral ties, opening new opportunities and giving new impetus to our future cooperation.”
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Stuff that is lost or stolen will be found and repatriated in the most exemplary manner. The HSI has offices in over 46 countries. Its trained experts and investigators go after criminals such as smugglers and looters who have confiscated goods and materials that they were not meant to get their hands on in the first place.