Hundreds Arrested in Global Wildlife Trafficking Sting Operations

They broke the law of the jungle.

Interpol’s Operation Thunderstorm seized millions of dollars worth of illicit animal products across 92 nations, including 8 tons of pangolin scales, 20 tons of eel meat and 1.3 tons of elephant ivory. Some 1,400 suspects were identified and hundreds arrested. During the month-long sting, tens of thousands of live animals were also rescued, including 14 big cats and 48 primates. Wildlife crime, often using the same routes as drug smuggling and human trafficking, is estimated to be worth $150 billion annually. Click here for the whole story.

SOURCES: NEWSWEEK, AP

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