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Huge international police effort confiscates over 20,000 trafficked plants & animals

In a joint customs and police operation spanning 109 countries, authorities have confiscated thousands of plants and animals, including more than 2,600 plants, nearly 10,000 live turtles and tortoises, more than 4,300 birds, 23 live primates, and 30 big cats.

The 26-day worldwide effort in June termed Operation Thunderball also resulted in seizures of some 440 pieces of elephant tusks, 545 kilograms (1,200 pounds) of additional ivory products, five rhino horns, nearly 10,000 marine wildlife animals and their products, and 74 truckloads of timber, according to a joint press release by Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), which coordinated the operation.

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