ASEAN-WEN representatives strengthened the network's international ties at the 22nd INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group Meeting in Lyon, France as part of the 7th INTERPOL International Conference on Environmental Crime. This conference was attended by governments and leading organizations working to fight illegal wildlife trade and to step up interregional cooperation. During the said meeting, the New Zealand Wildlife Enforcement Group (NZ-WEG) has manifested its interest in increased cooperation with ASEAN-WEN to curb illegal trafficking in the Asia Pacific Region.
(Bangkok, 28 September 2010) Major wildlife enforcement actions on protected and highly endangered marine wildlife have recently happened in the ASEAN region, as reported to the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network. On 28 September 2010, the Royal Thai Customs seized more than 1, 140 rare Indian Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) and one rare gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, arriving in four suitcases from Bangladesh, by one Mr. Saeed Shaikh, a Pakistani national. The estimated value is more than US$100,000. More than 1,100 endangered turtles and tortoises have been seized in Myanmar since May 2010 and the Philippines have reported several seizures of soft-shell and hawksbill turtles since April 2010, with one seizure of 1,165 endangered freshwater turtles estimated at US$60,000.
Royal Thai Customs seized more than 1,140 rare Indian Star Tortoises and one highly endangered gharial from a Pakistani national arriving from Bangladesh at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The contraband is valued at more than US$100,000.
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