15 Sep '11, 9pm

Thousands of Rare Animals Seized

Thousands of Rare Animals Seized

Almost 2,000 monitor lizards, and hundreds of turtles were captured by Thai authorities . Also twenty snakes and over forty civets were part of a large stash of wild endangered animals discovered hidden in a truck. The number of turtles was over 700 , according to one source. It is the largest wildlife trafficking bust so far this year in Thailand. Illegal trade in protected animals is a multi-billionaire dollar market and is driving many animals toward extinction, along with habitat loss. One estimate put the trading at US $10 billion per year or more. There is so much money being made that organized crime is involved, which is one of the reasons why it is difficult to stop. Organized crime has extensive social networks, and large amounts of money used to bribe officials and pay local people to poach animals. The effects of the illegal trade are devastating. One estimate ...

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