Tiger trade flows across Asia
Prepared by the Wildlife Justice Commission Intelligence Unit, the Operation Ambush Briefing provides some insight into the methods being used, the journey tigers take to market, and how this is facilitated by organised criminality.
It outlines how the growth in unregulated and private breeding may be enabling illegal trade, while at the same time wild tigers are being targeted to service demand in Viet Nam and China.
Recently the Intelligence Unit undertook an operational assessment into the illegal tiger trade in South East Asia and South Africa. This analysis was supported by targeted investigations to address intelligence gaps and as a result the Intelligence Unit was able to collect significant intelligence on actors and convergence points of the tiger trafficking supply chain.
During this assessment the Intelligence Unit identified a group of Vietnamese traffickers operating within the jungles of Malaysia. This assessed information was passed onto the Investigations Team who were able to rapidly develop the intelligence picture by connecting with the traffickers.
The Wildlife Justice Commission contacted Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks, (Perhilitan) Wildlife Crime Unit and was able to support them to effect the arrest of 8 Vietnamese nationals and the seizure of two tiger skins and other tiger and lion products. Read more about the Perhilitan arrests here.