Launches Wildlife Confiscations Network
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), San Diego Zoo Global, and AZA's Wildlife Trafficking Alliance organized a two-day summit in late February to discuss efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and the challenges presented when wild animals and plants are confiscated by law enforcement. According to the association, the summit led to the establishment of the Southern California Wildlife Confiscations Network, a pilot program establishing a framework to reduce wildlife trafficking and increase support for law enforcement.
AZA reports that wildlife trafficking has increased dramatically over the past decade, and several U.S. and state government agencies are on the front lines addressing these illegal activities in the Southern California region. Successful wildlife law enforcement often involves the seizure, confiscation, and subsequent holding of a diverse array of wildlife, which comes with a unique set of challenges. Due to the increasing number of confiscations, and the complexities involved in caring for the live wildlife that are the victims of the illegal trade, it is important that effective and coordinated management approaches are developed.