Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE
Service Joins International Action Against Wildlife Traffickers
July 01, 2015
A 10-day international crackdown on wildlife trafficking recently netted about 30 seizures of illegal goods at U.S. airports and mail facilities. Operation FLYAWAY was led by the World Customs Organization with the help of the Service, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Items seized during the operation included queen conch shell meat, sea turtle shells and skulls, elephant meat, tiger teeth and ivory pendants. Many of the confiscated goods are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and some items are prohibited under the Endangered Species Act.
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