Almost 500 protected turtles found in Thai airport bags

8 Nov

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BANGKOK, Thailand – Thai customs have found over a thousand turtles and tortoises in airport luggage in a week, including a haul of 470 creatures Friday, November 8, as conservationists warn of “skyrocketing” smuggling for the pet trade.

Officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport said a 25-year-old Pakistani man had been arrested on suspicion of wildlife trafficking after four suitcases on a flight from Lahore were found to contain the protected black pond turtles.

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