There are only 3,200 tigers in the world! The largest of the cats is a victim of deforestation, poaching. And traffic: Involved in the fight against this phenomenon, Interpol has just completed nearly 40 arrests in four Asian countries.
To mark the International Day of the Tiger (Sunday, July 29), Interpol announced the results of a comprehensive backup of this species (which are only representative in the 3200 worldwide according to WWF) which led to nearly 40 arrests in four Asian countries.
Called “Prey”, the operation conducted in Bhutan, China, India and Nepal aims to protect the tiger and other endangered big cats, from criminal networks that target the illegal wildlife trade.
It has enabled “nearly 40 arrests and the seizure of big cat skins and other body parts, of wildlife goods such as rhinoceros horns, ivory, sea horses,” he said in a statement of international police organization headquartered in Lyon.
A coordinated operation with 13 countries in Asia where the tiger lives in the wild
“The range of products collected during an operation aimed primarily at protecting the tiger shows that criminals are targeting any animal or plant to make a profit at the expense of our environment,” said David Higgins in the press, responsible program concerning “crimes against the environment” to Interpol.
The operation coordinated by Interpol has enabled a partnership between police, customs, environmental agencies and authorities of the thirteen countries in Asia where wild tigers can still be found: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.