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article imageAnimal Smuggler Foiled In Thailand

By Bob Norman     Feb 1, 2007 in Crime
Thailand seizes over 1,400 endangered turtles
An attempt by an unknown person to smuggle thousands of rare animals into Thailand in a suitcase was stopped by customs officials. The seized animals included 1,043 endangered pig-nosed turtles, 248 snake-necked turtles, 131 star tortoises and 33 arapaima fish. No one on board the bus the suitcase was found on stepped forward to claim it and no arressts were made.
Thailand, with its highly developed infrastructure and location, has become a transportation centre for the illicit animal trade in Southeast Asia, animal rights groups say.
Although a smuggler could face up to four years in prison or a fine of about 40,000 baht (1,100 dollars) under Thai laws, the illegal wildlife trade remains rampant here, including at Bangkok's biggest Chatuchak market.
While I wish they'd caught the person responsible I'm glad the animals are safe. That many of them packed into a suitcase must have been awful for them.
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