India Airport Customs Stop Smugglers With 10,000 Exotic Turtles

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Going through security at the airport can be a tedious and boring affair, but aside from all the confiscated water bottles and metal detectors, there can be a few surprises. According to Aljazeera, two passengers were detained at an Indian airport for having over 10,000 live turtles in their luggage.

Custom officials at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport discovered 10,043 turtles of exotic varieties. Authorities believe that the two Indian nationals taken into custody were attempting to smuggle the animals from China to Singapore.

All of the turtles recovered are considered endangered by the World Wildlife Fund. The declining number of many of these species are due to smuggling. These reptiles are taken and killed for their eggs, skin, meat and shells. Additionally, sea turtles have to suffer from the effects of pollution and habitat destruction.

Indian authorities are currently working on protecting and moving the turtles to a safe location, as well as investigating this extreme smuggling case.

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Help me Mr. Wizard.

July 23 2013 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As long as these people can make a quick buck they will anything. Squeeze the information out of the of who, where, when they got these turtles from. They will be singing a different tune or praying to their cows to save them.

July 23 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Turtle Payne

Now this pisses me off!!!!!!!! Hope a--holes will be prosecuted.

July 23 2013 at 7:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It just a symbol for how slow the lines are.

July 22 2013 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They seem to have no respect for endangered animals over there.

July 22 2013 at 11:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

One day in jail for each turtle he/she/they were trying to smuggle... I think that would be fair.

July 22 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CUSACitizen's comment

Add 5 for every one that dies or died as a result of their actions.

July 22 2013 at 10:39 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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