Saturday, June 1, 2013

Dubai Customs Praises Interpol Raids on Animal Smugglers!

DUBAI // An international clampdown on wildlife traffickers has been welcomed by Dubai Customs, which is heavily involved in the battle against the trade.

Investigation into seized ivory bound for Dubai widens Video UAE playing key role in steming illegal animal trade Interpol has seized almost two tonnes of ivory and 20 kilograms of rhino horn in a three-month campaign across 14 African countries.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), which has an office in Dubai, helped the Operation Worthy team against criminal groups involved in the illegal ivory trade. Lion, leopard and cheetah pelts, crocodile and python skins, live turtles, tropical birds and other protected species were also seized.

Dubai is regarded as one of a number of transit points for the trade in endangered animals and products made from them.

Last month a large haul of ivory was seized in Sri Lanka en route to the emirate. Read more: 

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