CAWT partners seek to address the growing threats to wildlife from poaching and illegal trade, working individually and jointly toward achieving the Coalition's goals, with each partner acting where it can contribute most effectively. The CAWT organisation is not directly involved in any enforcement activities.

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Illegal ivory ornaments seized in Australia

Sydney, Australia, 21 February 2014—Federal environment investigators yesterday seized illegal ivory products with an estimated value of up to $80,000.

Following several months of investigation, officers from the federal Department of the Environment, with the assistance of NSW Police, executed warrants at two locations in inner Sydney where they found a large number of illegal carved ivory ornaments and jewellery.

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Consumers warned against internet offers of free sport supplement products

Australia, June 2013—Australia's federal department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has warned consumers against taking up offers via the internet for importing sports and other health supplements containing endangered plant and animal species.

The department is particularly concerned by recent advertising for free bottles of Max Thermo Burn capsules from North America.

Max Thermo Burn capsules contain Hoodia gordonii. Hoodia gordonii is a cactus-like plant and is listed as endangered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Seized Assets to Pay for Conservation of Rhinos

Los Angeles, USA, May 2013—The sentencing on May 15 of two California businessmen in Los Angeles for trafficking in rhino horn will send both to prison and ensure that $800,000 of their illegally acquired "profits" end up helping protect rhinos in Africa. 

Saying she wanted to send a message against the “extremely serious” crime of trafficking in rhinoceros horns, federal judge Christina Snyder remarked that she had traveled to Africa and personally witnessed the effects of poaching.

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Record illegal wildlife seizure results in guilty plea from Sydney school teacher

Australia, 19th April 2013—A Parramatta man has entered a guilty plea in the Parramatta Local Court to 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products made from endangered species.

The charges against the 43-year-old school teacher, John Kolettas, relate to the haul of illegal wildlife products found during a search of premises in Western Sydney. Mr Kolettas' home was targeted as part of an extensive criminal investigation called Operation Bonaparte.

Altogether, 61 illegal wildlife products made from 24 endangered species were found in Mr Kolettas' possession. Among the illegal products seized were 11 orangutan skulls and 25 other skulls of monkeys, lynx, bears and a tiger. Other illegal items included teeth and skins from protected species such as orangutans, lynx, otters, and a feather headdress from a bird of paradise.

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