SAWEN –South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network is a regional network of eight countries of South Asia; Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Environment Ministers of South Asia at the 11th Meeting of the Governing Council of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) held on May 2008 in Jaipur, India announced their support for the formation of SAWEN.
Message from Chief Enforcement Coordinator
It is my pleasure to welcome you through SAWEN Secretariat website. South Asia contains a range of habitats and environments of global signifi cance that supports a unique array of flora and fauna species. We are committed to conserve the biodiversity very seriously, but it is important to acknowledge that there are many threats to biodiversity which extend beyond political boundaries. Poaching and trade of wild species is clearly one such major threat. This often involves trans-boundary landscapes and habitats, movements of people and goods through porous borders, and increasingly characterized by organized criminal syndicates working in more than one country.
They Call This The ‘Zoo Of Death.’ And Here’s Exactly Why It Needs To Be Shut DownFriday, April 18th, 2014
WARNING: The animal cruelty you are about to see may disturb you.
There is a zoo in Indonesia that mistreats its animals so terribly, it’s called the Zoo of Death. The Surabaya Zoo is, quite literally, a living nightmare. It is Indonesia’s largest zoo, charging people about $1.00 to enter and view the horrors inside. The animals there lack basic care, nutrition and proper living conditions. You may think calling it a “zoo of death” or “nightmare zoo” is a bit extreme…
Until you see the photos.
Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animalsFriday, April 18th, 2014
Confusion surrounds the decision to destroy over 120 animals confiscated by authorities last weekend, with both police and the Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF) denying responsibility for the move.
With initial media reports today suggesting that the Maldives Police Service (MPS) had “executed” the animals, an official spokesman revealed that custody of the animals had been handed to the MNDF on Sunday, just hours after their seizure.
MNDF Captain Ali Ihusaan subsequently confirmed that all of the animals had been put down on the request of the MPS.
Police commence special operation to confiscate dangerous animalsFriday, April 18th, 2014
Police have today said they have started a special operation to seize all dangerous animals that are illegally imported to the country.
In a statement the police said they had commenced a joint special operation with the relevant government institutions after having noticed that sightings of such animals on streets and other places had become common in the Maldives.
Police said that aim of the special operation was to seize all these animals and take them under police charge before a regrettable incident occurs.