It took sending police officers to airports and national border crossings to inspect cars, trucks, boats and cargo transports, as well as visits to scrap yards, taxidermy shops, garages, pet fairs, warehouses and even health clinics, but an international coalition of forces has announced the arrests of nearly 900 people and the confiscation of tons of illegal goods, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
It’s the latest news in the war against trafficking in illegal wildlife and natural resources.
“Wildlife trafficking has surged in recent years, generating billions in illicit profits. Simply put, criminals are helping themselves to the environment’s precious resources without a care for the cost to our planet,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
The recent weeks-long operation resulted in some 1,300 seizures, some of multiple products, worth an estimated $5.1 million.
The operation, called “Thunderbird,” involved officials from dozens of countries and territories, resulting in the discovery of nearly 4,800 birds, more than 1,200 reptiles, 2.5 tons of raw and processed ivory, 25 tons of various animal parts, including meat, horns and feathers, and more than 37,000 “derivatives” such as ornaments and carvings.