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The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes its 2023 Annual Report
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The Wildlife Justice Commission publishes its 2023 Annual Report

The Wildlife Justice Commission is thrilled to announce the publication of its 2023 Annual Report, highlighting a year of remarkable achievements. Throughout 2023, our unwavering commitment to disrupting transnational criminal networks involved in wildlife trafficking led to significant successes in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where we played a crucial role in facilitating substantial arrests. 

Wildlife Warriors: The Wildlife Justice Commission’s Chronicles in “Terrible Humans” by Patrick Alley
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Wildlife Warriors: The Wildlife Justice Commission’s Chronicles in “Terrible Humans” by Patrick Alley

I am thrilled to share the exciting news that the Wildlife Justice Commission has been prominently featured in Patrick Alley's highly anticipated book, "Terrible Humans". Patrick a staunch ally in the fight against environmental crimes through his pioneering work with Global Witness, which he co-founded, has shed light on our pivotal battle against wildlife crime in his latest publication. 

Major breakthrough: Nigerian authorities arrest two key ivory traffickers connected to recent seizure in Vietnam
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Major breakthrough: Nigerian authorities arrest two key ivory traffickers connected to recent seizure in Vietnam

In a landmark joint operation, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), supported by the Wildlife Justice Commission has successfully arrested two major wildlife traffickers in Nigeria. These arrests are linked to the significant seizure of 1.58 tonnes of ivory at Lach Huyen International Port, Hai Phong, Vietnam on 27 March 2024.

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.

Advocating for intelligence-led approaches and enhanced cooperation to combat crimes in the fisheries sector
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Advocating for intelligence-led approaches and enhanced cooperation to combat crimes in the fisheries sector

To shed light on the multifaceted challenges posed by illegal activities in our oceans, the Wildlife Justice Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) co-organised a Satellite Event titled “From Surviving to Thriving: Combatting Crimes in the Fisheries Sector for Healthy and Resilient Oceans”, as part of the UN Ocean Decade Week.

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.

Reaching new milestones against wildlife crime in 2023
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Reaching new milestones against wildlife crime in 2023

2023 was an outstanding year for the Wildlife Justice Commission, marked by significant achievements. Our unwavering commitment to disrupt and help dismantle transnational criminal networks involved in wildlife trafficking led to notable successes in countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where we played a crucial role in facilitating substantial arrests. We considerably extended our global reach and continued sharing our expertise with law enforcement, policy makers, and practitioners worldwide.

Second season of the Wildlife Kingpin podcast dives into the trafficking of turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia
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Second season of the Wildlife Kingpin podcast dives into the trafficking of turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia

The Wildlife Justice Commission is launching a new podcast in the Wildlife Kingpin series. Following on from “Wildlife Kingpin: The Rise and Fall of Ah Nam”, comes “Operation Dragon”. This second series sheds light on the investigation conducted by the Wildlife Justice Commission that brought to justice some of the biggest turtle and tortoise traffickers in Southeast Asia.

The Wildlife Justice Commission and over 300 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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The Wildlife Justice Commission and over 300 NGOs and experts call for the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption to step up the fight against corruption and environmental devastation

The Wildlife Justice Commission is proud to be one of the 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.