Wimbledon champion supports sniffer dog initiative

Wimbledon champion supports sniffer dog initiative

2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has joined the ranks of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) as a global ambassador. He was welcomed in Singapore last month by WWF Singapore.

The dog-loving tennis player is raising awareness and support for an initiative in Nepal that trains sniffer dogs to crack down on local poaching. The programme has honoured his support by naming one participating puppy "Murray".

Said Murray: "The statistics on poaching are quite shocking, and if there's any way that we can deter poachers, then we're taking a step in the right direction.

"I've followed WWF's work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and have been looking for a way to support the campaign. I think it's important that this practice is stopped, and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect way for me to get involved."

Singapore is considered an important transit route for the illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be worth US$19 billion (S$25 billion).

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