Two Indian forest officials, Assistant Conservator Ritesh Sarothiya of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Service and Range officer Sanjay Dutta of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards.
They are honoured with this award for their exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife. They will be presented with this award at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2016.
The Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards is promoted by the US based Species Survival Network, in cooperation with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). The award has been named in memory of Clark R. Bavin, who was the Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Law Enforcement. Clark R. Bavin had pioneered the highly effective use of covert investigations and ‘sting’ operations to uncover illegal wildlife trade.