Category: Media releases

Wildlife Justice Commission applauds Thai authorities for significant seizure in combatting the live pet trade 
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Wildlife Justice Commission applauds Thai authorities for significant seizure in combatting the live pet trade 

In a significant blow to the illegal live pet trade, Thai law enforcement agencies, acting on intelligence provided by the Wildlife Justice Commission, have executed a significant operation on 1 May 2024. The operation resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the seizure of 1,076 radiated tortoises and 48 lemurs, concealed within 41 boxes and 11 cages respectively, while being transported in a four-vehicle convoy in Chumphon Province, Southern Thailand.

Arrest of four wildlife traffickers in joint operation with Nigeria Customs Service
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Arrest of four wildlife traffickers in joint operation with Nigeria Customs Service

Demonstrating the ongoing commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to combat wildlife crime, three suspected wildlife traffickers were apprehended in Nigeria on 4 February 2024, with a fourth arrest made on 6 February 2024. This successful operation was a joint intelligence-led investigation by the NCS and the Wildlife Justice Commission, targeting illicit wildlife supplier networks.

301 NGOs and experts call for the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption to step up the fight against corruption and environmental devastation
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301 NGOs and experts call for the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption to step up the fight against corruption and environmental devastation

301 civil society organizations and experts from 99 countries across the globe signed an open letter urging the states that have ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to adopt a Resolution at the 10th UNCAC Conference of States Parties (CoSP 10) taking place next month in Atlanta, United States.

Three Vietnamese and one Guinean charged with wildlife trafficking in Nigeria convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment or fine payments
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Three Vietnamese and one Guinean charged with wildlife trafficking in Nigeria convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment or fine payments

On Wednesday 19 July, the trial of three Vietnamese and one Guinean national accused of trafficking 7.1 tonnes of pangolin scales and 850 kgs of ivory concluded in Nigeria with the conviction of the four accused. The judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria in Lagos sentenced the accused to six years of imprisonment each or payment of fines in lieu of imprisonment.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission targets an international pangolin scale trafficking syndicate and corrupt law enforcement with the support of the Wildlife Justice Commission
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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission targets an international pangolin scale trafficking syndicate and corrupt law enforcement with the support of the Wildlife Justice Commission

Last week, in Port Klang, Malaysia, the Wildlife Justice Commission supported the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in an operation targeting corrupt customs and other members of an international wildlife trafficking network with the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Thailand.

The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes a new report on the key role of corruption in enabling wildlife crime
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The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes a new report on the key role of corruption in enabling wildlife crime

Today, the Wildlife Justice Commission published a new report focusing on the role of corruption as one of the most important enabling factors behind wildlife crime, in an attempt to bring more clarity to this murky subject. Corruption is the air that wildlife crime breathes; it is one of the key enablers of widespread and large-scale wildlife trafficking and one of the biggest obstacles to effective law enforcement.

World Rhino Day 2022: Putting rhinos back on the radar
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World Rhino Day 2022: Putting rhinos back on the radar

Law enforcement agencies globally must address rhino horn trafficking as a form of transnational organised crime along with an increased focus on the higher level actors in the rhino horn supply chain. This was the key message that emerged from a joint webinar hosted by WWF South Africa and the Wildlife Justice Commission to mark World Rhino Day 2022.