Malaysia Seizes 330 Smuggled Exotic Tortoises Worth $300,000

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s seamstresses attempted to smuggle hundreds of the most endangered turtles in the world of Madagascar, a senior official said on Monday.

The plowed 330 turtles and rays entered the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sunday earned $ 276,784 thousand, Abdul Wahid Sulong, deputy director of the Customs Department, told AFP.

All reptiles have been found alive, he added.

“This is a large market, this could be for the local market or for export, we are investigating,” the executing agency said in a statement.

“On the basis of public disclosure, customs agents cleared the airport’s cargo area and found five suspected cases,” the statement said.

“He arrived at KLIA on the Etihad Airways flight from Antananarivo airport in Madagascar.”

The golden and Madagascar plow turtle and due to poaching is the most threatened turtle in the world.
Madagascar’s radiated tortoise – considered one of the most beautiful species of animal – is fast becoming extinct due to hunting its meat kitchen and illegal pet trade.

Abdul Wahid said that the contents of the boxes were marked as stones and the address of the recipient was false.

Malaysia banned the importation of animals in danger of extinction. Any person convicted of the crime may be imprisoned for up to three years and imposed a fine.

Elizabeth John, Senior Communications Manager of the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network said that turtle transport followed the busts of other animal products from Africa, including the rhinoceros and pangolin tags.

“With the series of the latest convulsions of Africa’s wildlife, law enforcement agencies in Malaysia sends a strong warning to the traffickers that mean the companies,” he told AFP.

Juan said that transport routes used in recent cases indicate the need for greater control of Middle East airports.

The golden and Madagascar plow turtle and due to poaching is the most threatened turtle in the world.
Madagascar’s radiated tortoise – considered one of the most beautiful species of animal – is fast becoming extinct due to hunting its meat cuisine and illegal pet trade.

Abdul Wahid said that the contents of the boxes were marked as stones and the address of the recipient was false.

Malaysia banned the importation of animals in danger of extinction. Any person convicted of the crime may be imprisoned for up to three years and imposed a fine.

Elizabeth John, Senior Communications Manager of the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network said that turtle transport followed the busts of other animal products from Africa, including the rhinoceros and pangolin tags.

“With the series of the latest convulsions of Africa’s wildlife, law enforcement agencies in Malaysia sends a strong warning to the traffickers that mean the companies,” he told AFP.

Juan said that the transport routes used in recent cases indicate the need for greater control of airports in the Middle East