Posts Tagged ‘Customs’

Huge Wildlife Haul in Malaysia

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Customs Seizes Tonnes of Reptiles in Malaysia

Bukit Kayu Hitam, Malaysia, 24th December 2010—As 2010 draws to a close, Malaysian Customs officials report their largest contraband seizure of the year after they confiscated 4.3 tonnes of reptiles from a lorry parked near the Malay/Thai border.

A good result for law enforcement but less so for the reptiles:  “Following this seizure the majority of animals were auctioned off to wildlife dealers while the remainder, those protected in Malaysia, were handed over to the Wildlife and National Parks Department.”   And so it goes…

Malaysian Crime Syndicate Plundering Madagascar

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

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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