Chennai Air Customs intercepted a man traveling from Bangkok for illegally importing animals such as monkeys, turtles, and pythons in India.
On Thursday, August 11, a male passenger journey from Bangkok to Chennai via Thai Airways was intercepted by the Customs department in the capital of Tamil Nadu for illegally importing animals such as monkeys, turtles, and pythons.
Chennai Air Customs department said
A report from the Chennai Air Customs department stated, “A male passenger coming from Bangkok in TG-337 was intercepted by Customs Officers. On examination of checked-in luggage 1-DeBrazza’s Monkey, 15-KingSnakes, 5-Ball Pythons and 2-Aldabra Tortoises were recovered.”
The Chennai Air Customs further said that the illegally imported animals have been deported to the country of origin, which is Thailand, via Thai Airways, in consultation with AQCS (Animal Quarantine and Certification Service). “Further investigation is on,” the Air Customs department said.
Chennai International Airport
Earlier in May, the Chennai Air Customs Officers at the Chennai International Airport in Meenambakkam had seized 11 animals being brought into the country. According to the news agency, among the seized animals, one was an Albino Porcupine, one Tamarin monkey, and nine Leucistic Sugar Gliders.
These animals were reportedly brought in by 2 passengers, who concealed them inside check-in luggage, again from Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Following the detention, all the animals were deported to Thailand on the advice of Animal Quarantine authorities.
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A few picture of the animals that were released to reporters showed the animals packed inside the luggage that was shipped from the nation. Notably, this is not the first instance when the Chennai Air Customs foiled a smuggling attempt.
As instances of animal trafficking are rising, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on August 7 discovered 295 freshwater turtles that were being trafficked for use in aphrodisiacs, according to officials.
The recovery was carried out on Sunday in collaboration with the WCCB (Wildlife Crime Control Bureau) and the forest department. An individual who is supposedly a member of a group engaged in the smuggling of endangered animals was also detained by the Special Task Force (STF).
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ravi Singh stated, “A total of 295 freshwater turtles have been recovered from the smuggler.” The STF arrested one Wasim for smuggling protected animals.
The accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
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