Sanjay Dutta, Ritesh Sarothiya selected for Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards

Sep 23, 2016 10:10 IST

Two Indian forest officials, Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya, have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.

Sanjay Dutta is the range officer of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Ritesh Sarothiya is the assistant conservator of Madhya Pradesh State Forest.

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The award ceremony will be held on 3 October 2016 at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards

The Species Survival Network, in cooperation with the Animal Welfare Institute, coordinates the presentation of the Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards to individuals who engage in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.

The Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards are named in memory of the late Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Law Enforcement, who pioneered the Division's highly effective use of covert investigations and "sting" operations to uncover illegal wildlife trade. The awards have traditionally been presented by the Secretary-General of CITES during meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

Conserving wildlife is frequently difficult, dangerous and sometimes deadly. The Bavin Awards recognize the extraordinary efforts that law enforcement officers and other field-based individuals are willing to make in order to protect the world's wildlife.

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