Thursday, 14 November 2013

Thai officials intercept three turtle smuggling attempts

Photo: A Thai official displaying
seized black pond turtles after they
 were discovered in suitcases at
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airpor
November, 2013: Four suitcases containing 470 black pond turtles have been seized at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok by Thai Royal Customs and a Pakistani national on a flight from Lahore was arrested. The turtles, which varied in size from 6-25cm in length, are increasingly at risk from the pet trade in Southeast and East Asia and becoming increasingly rare in the wild. 

The species is completely protected in its native Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Nepal, and is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which makes any international commercial trade illegal.

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