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ASEAN-WEN strengthens international ties at the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group Meeting in Lyon

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. 

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ASEAN Member States strengthen enforcement actions and cooperation in recent wildlife seizures

(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.

 

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1,165 rare Indian Star tortoises seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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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Five Arrested by Vietnam Police for Trafficking Tiger and Elephant Bones

Hanoi police Department confiscated 10 tiger skeletons, 340 sacks labbeled gall bladder and 600kg of elephant bones in what is believed a bust on the largest trafficking ring of animal parts in Ha Noi. Five suspects were arrested.
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