Cambridge, UK, 26th May 2016—the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime this week published its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, the first global assessment of its kind. The study highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species worldwide presents real environmental dangers and ultimately undermines the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Abu Dhabi, UAE, 11th September 2015—Etihad Airways and the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW) this week hosted two days of workshops about the growing threat of illegal wildlife smuggling.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 5th December 2011—Authorities in Indonesia have stopped a string of smuggling attempts during a wild November for enforcement in the country’s largest and busiest airport, including a case of three Slow Lorises stuffed into socks and hidden under a trafficker’s clothes.
Bangkok, Thailand, 22 April 2010—Customs officers at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport seized almost 1.4 tonnes of elephant ivory tusks on 17 April, officials in Thailand announced yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, Customs officers discovered 296 African Elephant tusks weighing a combined total of 1,390 kg inside three crates on board a flight from Qatar. The cargo was labeled as “printing metal” and addressed to a Thai company based in Bangkok.
Bangkok, Thailand, 27 February 2010—Customs officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi international airport seized 239 African Elephant tusks weighing an estimated two tonnes earlier this week, reported to be the country’s biggest ever ivory seizure.
The ivory is said to have arrived on an Emirates flight from Dubai where it arrived from Nairobi, and was apparently destined for Lao PDR. The consignment had been falsely labelled as mobile phone parts.