IFAW Applauds INTERPOL's Operation Worthy II targeting ivory and rhino horn traffickers

INTERPOL's Operation Worthy II netted ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, more
Wednesday, 30 December, 2015

In response to INTERPOL's announcement of impact from their enforcement action Operation Worthy II, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), CEO Azzedine Downes issued this statement:

We congratulate INTERPOL and the 11 countries in Africa that committed to Operation Worthy II and disrupting wildlife trafficking networks. IFAW has supported INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Program for many years, because it is clear to us that international enforcement cooperation is necessary to counter the increasingly sophisticated criminal networks involved in wildlife crime. Ultimately, it will not be technology alone that solves this problem but, rather, cooperation amongst law enforcement and conservation partners.


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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
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Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States
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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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Faye Cuevas, Esq.
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Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
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Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
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Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
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