Police Crack Down on Illegal Animal Trade in London

Operation Charm, an effort to target the illegal trade in traditional Chinese medicines that contain ingredients derived from endangered species, is seeing results in London. Since its launch 10 years ago, it has seized more than 30,000 products that incorporate endangered animal parts. The Chinese population in London is supportive of this campaign and condemns the use of endangered species in medicines.

Earlier this month, a rare fur dealer in Camden Town, an area of North London, was found selling coats made from tiger, leopard, and snow leopard furs. He was taken into custody and released on bail.

For more information on the raid in Camden, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/6112688.stm

For more information on Operation Charm, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6155244.stm and http://www.operationcharm.org/


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