Malaysian Crime Syndicate Plundering Madagascar

On Wedneday, Malaysian Royal Customs officials stopped two women coming in from Madagascar with luggage chock full of critically endangered wildlife (story below).   It is clear from the size of this seizure and others–including a recent and similar seizure of hundreds of endangered radiated tortoises and a ploughshare tortoise (rarest tortoise on earth)–that a major individual or individuals in Malaysia is smuggling large amounts of wildlife from Madagascar… 

TRAFFIC has a couple of good reports on the latest of these smuggling attempts, here and here.  Apparently, wildlife trafficking is becoming so easy and so profitable that drug runners and car thieves are among those in Malaysia entering the field.

News From The Star.

 Rare Tortoises, Frogs, Chameleons Confiscated

KUALA LUMPUR: Two travel bags containing protected animals have been confiscated by the Customs Department at KL International Airport.

There were 369 Radiated Tortoises, five Madagascar Tortoises [BC:  ie PLOUGHSHARE TORTOISES], 47 Tomato Frogs and several chameleons, Department Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director-general Datuk Abd Rasid Samsuddin said.

He said the animals were brought in by hand luggage by two women from Madagascar on Wednesday.

“The tortoises were bound with masking tape to prevent them from moving, while the chameleons were stuffed in socks to prevent detection,” he said, adding that the animals cost an estimated RM250,000.

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