The National Republican Guard, SEPNS’s unit conducted from April 3 to 9, throughout the national territory, Operation COBRA under its remit of protecting wildlife species. The aim was to prevent, detect and repress situations of trafficking, exploitation, commercialization and possession of such animals.
During the operation, the military of the Territorial Commands, in coordination with the SEPNA structure, inspected 170 commercial establishments and nine fairs, with the following results:
- 38 cases of misconduct;
- 37 animals seized;
- 14 handicrafts made with animal parts (ivory) seized.
This Operation took place within the framework of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates international trade in specimens of species of wild fauna and flora (live specimens of animals and plants and their Parts and derivatives) on the basis of a system of licenses and certificates proving their legal origin.