Global probe into wildlife smuggling results in more than 1,300 seizures — including some in Canada
A Canadian at the head of an international body fighting wildlife smuggling says a three-week investigation resulted in more than 1,300 seizures worldwide — including some in Canada.
"Wildlife crime is a worldwide phenomena," said Sheldon Jordan, head of Environment Canada’s wildlife enforcement and chairman of the wildlife crimes working group for Interpol, the international agency that co-ordinates law enforcement.
"We’re all destination countries, but we’re all source countries as well."
Working with law enforcement in 43 countries, Jordan’s group mounted Operation Thunderbird, which ran from Jan. 30 to Feb. 19.
Speaking at a meeting in New York on Friday, he said the operation was designed to provide a snapshot of what was happening in the illegal trade of wildlife and forestry products.