Twelve ivory traffickers arrested

Twelve ivory traffickers were arrested and 500 kilograms of ivory were seized in Kuala Lumpur in early September.
 
A collaboration between Perhilitan, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia, and the Wildlife Justice Commission has resulted in significant arrests and the disruption of two transnational wildlife criminal networks.

It is estimated that tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Demand, which is fuelled by ivory being seen as a status symbol, is so great that illegal poaching now threatens the survival of some species.

“We are delighted by the outcome of these two operations with Perhilitan,” said Oliva Swaak-Goldman, the executive director of the Wildlife Justice Commission. “Sharing of information and communication between Perhilitan and the Wildlife Justice Commission investigators was critical to the success of this operation.”

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