Customs officials made a rare discovery in the Philippines on Sunday — more than 1,500 live turtles packed in suitcases. According to the Customs and Tariff Bureau at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, turtles were found to be duct taped to abandoned luggage.
1,529 exotic turtles were worth an estimated 4.5 million Filipino pesos in the black market. That’s about US $ 86,750. Customs and Tariff Bureau says Filipino passengers smuggled turtles on flights from Hong Kong. “Passengers may have been informed of the Customs and Tariff Bureau’s vigilance against illegal wildlife trade and its penalties, leaving four X-ray baggage uncharged in the arrival area,” the agency said. I wrote it on Facebook.
The bureau shared some photos of turtles — some of them packed in suitcases along with clothing and other belongings. According to a Facebook post, various types of turtles were found in suitcases, including red-eared sliders, redfoot tortoises, sulcata tortoises, and red-eared sliders.
Customs officials said last year that a total of 560 wildlife specimens and endangered species were confiscated at the airport, of which 250 were handed over to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. So far this year, 63 iguanas, chameleons and bearded dragons have been intercepted.
Violators could be sentenced to up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 200,000 pesos (US $ 3,857), the agency said.
Over 1,500 live turtles were found packed in suitcases with duct tape
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