(Bangkok, 12 July 2013) Between August 8 and August 22, 2012, government agencies from Asia and the United States participated in a global operation that aims to disrupt the widespread trading of protected wildlife and wildlife parts through the internet. Operation Wild Web joined the efforts of service special agents and conservation officers from the United States, lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with counterpart task forces and officers from Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, in the ASEAN region.
Operation Wild Web resulted in 154 “buy/busts” in the United States, involving 30 Federal wildlife crimes and 124 violations of State wildlife laws. Coordination of the operation in ASEAN-WEN has also exposed online trafficking of live protected birds and tiger and leopard skins in Southeast Asia. Wildlife and wildlife products seized during Operation Wild Web included the pelts of endangered big cats such as Sumatran tiger, leopard and jaguar; live migratory birds; sea turtle shells and sea turtle skin boots; whale teeth; elephant ivory; migratory bird mounts; walrus ivory; and other items.