Monday, 27 May 2013

INTERPOL step up the fight against wildlife crime

INTERPOL and IFAW agreement boosts global fight against wildlife crime
May 2013. The global fight against wildlife crime has taken a step forward with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between INTERPOL and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The agreement between the two organizations establishes a formal framework for cooperation, in particular on combating crime related to the illegal killing and trafficking of elephants, rhinoceroses and tigers through regional and global operations.

"This agreement with IFAW will provide further momentum to efforts worldwide in identifying and dismantling the criminal organizations engaged in wildlife trafficking," said INTERPOL's Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin who signed the MoU on behalf of the world police body.

Criminal organizations engaged in wildlife trafficking
"Criminal organizations engaged in wildlife trafficking have no respect for our environment and no regard for borders, conducting their illicit activities wherever there is the most profit to be made. Tackling the global problem of wildlife crime cannot be done by any one country or organization, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with IFAW to provide additional support to the police and other enforcers in the field," added Mr Louboutin.

INTERPOL's largest-ever anti-ivory operation
INTERPOL and IFAW have collaborated on numerous projects since 2005, most notably Operation Worthy, INTERPOL's largest-ever anti-ivory operation and more recently on Project Web, an investigation into the illegal online trade in ivory.

"International organized criminal syndicates are wiping out the world's animals. NGOs, law enforcement agencies and governments have to become equally organized, determined and equipped in dealing with this emerging and growing threat which impact species conservation and international security," said Azzedine Downes, IFAW CEO and President.

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