INTERPOL operations in Asia lead to seizure of live tigers and other protected species

Dec. 5, 2012

LYON, France – The second and third phases of INTERPOL’s Operation Prey, targeting the illegal trade in wildlife and animal products, led to the seizure of 40 live tigers and tiger parts, along with other protected species and the arrest of more than a dozen individuals.

Carried out in September and October, Operation Prey II was conducted in Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, followed by Operation Prey III in Indonesia and Malaysia. Aside from tigers, authorities also seized pangolins, protected snakes and bushmeat.

Operation Prey is one of many initiatives under the framework of INTERPOL’s Project Predator.

With targeted Operation Prey enforcement actions, tiger range countries are better prepared to participate in future activities of Project Predator, INTERPOL officials said. This will be further strengthened by an upcoming training session in Nepal organized in collaboration with the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Kathmandu.

Due to the various uses of animals as status symbols or for their medicinal properties, many creatures are now on the brink of extinction. To avoid this irreversible situation, INTERPOL is calling for an adjustment in behaviour to restore the region’s economic, natural and social independence by stamping out demand and breaking the criminal supply chain of these illegal products.

Project Predator continues its work to protect the world’s wild tigers with the help of ongoing support from the US Agency for International Development and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.