Operation Thunderbird & Operation Save Kurma: Enforcement operations convened by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) between December 2016 and February 2017.
The terms Operation Thunderbird and Operation Save Kurma were in the news in the first week of March 2017 as the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change divulged information related to these operations.
• Wildlife Crime Control Bureau coordinated this operation between 30 January and 19 February 2017.
• Operation Thunderbird is the code-name for INTERPOL’s multi-national and multi-species enforcement operation.
• During the operation, a total of 2, 524 live species of scheduled animals, 19.2 kilograms of elephant ivory, 1 tiger skin, 9 carcasses of wild animals, 1 organ pipe coral, 1 jar snake venom, 8 leopard skins and 1 Indian Mujtac skin were seized.
• The operation brought about a unanimous approach by the State enforcement agencies in the fight against wildlife crime in the country.
• 71 persons were arrested during the operation, which saw an overwhelming response from the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Operation Save Kurma
• The operation was convened by the WCCB between 15 December 2016 and 30 January 2017. It was a species specific operation on turtles.
• A total of 15, 739 live turtles were recovered from 45 suspects, who have interstate linkages.
• The operation brought about an awareness among the enforcement agencies to focus on the existing trade routes and major trade hubs in the country.
What: Convened by WCCB