‘Operation Thunderston’ is a global operation targeting wildlife crime and trafficking. Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. During May, millions of dollars worth of seizures were collected. However this is only a fraction of the estimated yearly £150 billion global wildlife crime.
The seizures included:
* Live turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico. Canada intercepted 18 tons of eel meat arriving from Asia. Those arrested included two flight attendants in Los Angeles and a man in Israel whose house was raided after he posted a hunting photograph on social media
* A total of 43 tons of contraband meat — including bear, elephant, crocodile, whale and zebra — 1.3 tons of elephant ivory, 27,000 reptiles, about 4,000 birds, 48 live primates, 14 big cats and two polar bear carcasses were also seized. Several tons of wood and timber were also seized as well as 8 tonnes of pangolin scales.
* Around 1,400 people were arrested
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