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Training of sniffer dogs for wildlife products finished in Almaty

11.07.2017

On July 5, 2017, a training of sniffer dogs to search for wildlifeand their derivatives was completed in the framework of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative. This activity was implemented by the Cynology Centre of the Committee of State Revenues of the MoF of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organised by ACBK and Fauna and Flora International (FFI) with financial support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

During the three-months training period, 8 dogs were trained to search for drugs, saiga horns, Saker falcons and Central Asian tortoise. During the closing ceremony of the training they all demonstrated their new skills in an exercise imitating a real working situation.

In the future, the trained dogs will be used at strategically important points (customs and border points of Kazakhstan), which are considered to be “hot spots” for trade in endangered fauna, and will contribute to the fight against this illegal trafficking.

In Kazakhstan, scents of wildlife derivatives were used for the first time in training sniffer dogs back in 2014. During four years of work these dogs have demonstrated excellent results preventing an illegal export of money, narcotic drugs and saiga horns. For example, a sniffer dog named “Ginny” prevented the illegal export of 2 pieces of saiga horns in 2014 at the customs point “Kordai”. In 2016, while working in the passenger terminal of the Almaty International Airport Ginny, prevented 7 attempts to export unreported monetary funds with a total value of 129,400 US dollars, as well as 2 facts to export illegal drugs.

A sniffer dog named “Aja” working at the custom point “Maykapchagai” (East Kazakhstan region), in 2016, prevented 5 facts of illegal export of a rare peony species (Peonia anomala),  which is listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan, as well as 1 fact of trafficking of bear teeth and claws, and 4 facts bear bile export.         

After the closing ceremony of the training, ACBK jointly with the Cynology Centre and the Committee of Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan organized an interdepartmental meeting on illegal import/export of objects of flora and fauna and their derivatives in Kazakhstan.

During the meeting the following issues were discussed: the need to tighten the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning poaching facts, the problems around the of expert opinion on wildlife objects, and the establishment of a facility to keep confiscated animals on the basis of existing breeding centres. Furthermore, the need to develop instructions for the application of the CITES Convention in Kazakhstan and a short guide to identify related objects for customs officers and border guards was discussed, as well as the need for a  training on CITES.

The meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives of the authorized bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, whose activities are directly related to the cessation of the illegal trade of the flora and fauna: the Committee of State Revenues of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan; the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan; the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor's office in Almaty and South Kazakhstan region; the Environmental police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs; the Regional branch of the Committee of Forestry and Wildlife of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan; State Entreprise “Okhotzooprom”. Representatives of the ACBK, the Institute of Zoology of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Institute of Botany and Phytointroduction of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan participated in the meeting as experts.

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