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Interpol seizes two tons of ivory

Publish date: 26 June 2012
Issue Number: 267
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Category: Conservation

Interpol's biggest international operation against ivory traffickers has led to more than 200 arrests and yielded nearly two tons of contraband ivory.

A report in The Herald states that the three-month-long Operation Worthy, spread across 14 countries including SA, also led to the recovery of more than 20kg of rhino horn, a spokesperson said. Leopard and cheetah pelts, crocodile and python skins and live specimens of other protected species were found. Firearms including AK-47s and M16 rifles were also recovered. 'This has been to date the most wide-ranging operation coordinated by Interpol against the illegal ivory trade, not just in terms of seizures and arrests, but in targeting the criminal organisations,' David Higgins, manager of Interpol's environmental crime programme, is quoted in the report as saying. The drive drew more than 320 officials from the police, customs and environmental protection agencies. Full report in The Herald (subscription needed)