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Interpol launches project to combat wildlife trafficking between Asia, Africa

Interpol has vowed to tackle organised crime profiting from wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia.

FILE: Rhino horn bust at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: @ArriveAlive.

CAPE TOWN - Interpol has launched a new project aimed at cracking down on wildlife traffickers between Asia and Africa.

According to the department of Environmental Affairs, more than 700 rhinos were slaughtered for them
horns in South Africa between January and September last year.

The new project will see Interpol work closely with environmental groups.

Interpol has vowed to tackle organised crime profiting from wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia.

The investigative unit will target high profile traffickers, who illegally source ivory, rhino horn and big cat products.

Interpol states environmental crime is estimated to be worth $258 billion and links to other crimes such as money laundering and fire arms trafficking.

The global policing agency says protecting the world's wildlife heritage is the collective responsibility of global citizens and international law enforcement.