Saturday, October 13, 2018

Officials seize 2,300 live turtles at airport

Chennai: Customs officials at Chennai airport on Thursday seized 2,300 live turtles from a passenger who arrived from Bangkok.
Customs said the turtles were found in six cartons. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau certified the turtles as red-eared sliders which are of foreign origin and import of which is banned by the EU. They are not covered under CITES convention or the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Officials said the turtles were sent back to the country of import and the passenger, Mohmmed Tipu Sultan of Sivaganga, was fined ₹50,000. He arrived by Thai Air (TG 337) via Ghaonzhu, China.
13/10/18 Times of India
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