Friday 9 May 2014

Australia’s biggest wildlife seizure ever

An Australian teacher has been jailed for a year following the discovery of 78 illegal products made from 24 threatened species at his home in Sydney.

In what is Australia’s largest-ever haul of illegal products, the authorities findings included 11 orangutan skulls and 25 other skulls of monkeys, lynx, bears and a tiger; teeth and skins from orangutans, lynx, otters, and a feather headdress made from a bird of paradise.

John Kolettas was convicted on 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products, and jailed for a year, fined Aus$4,000 ( £2 ,200) and ordered to do 384 hours of community service for the possession of specimens listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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