10 Jul '12, 12pm

German National Arrested in Galapagos for attempting to Smuggle Wildlife

German National Arrested in Galapagos for attempting to Smuggle Wildlife

German National Arrested in Galapagos for Attempting to Smuggle Wildlife Galapagos Land Iguanas confiscated from an illegal smuggling attempt. Photo: Ecuadorian National Police On Sunday July 8th, 31-year-old German national, Dirk Bender, was arrested for trying to smuggle four juvenile land iguanas out of Galapagos. Upon check-in for his flight, Mr. Bender’s bag was X-rayed and the Park Ranger on duty noticed a possibly suspicious content. Police dog, Kevin was brought to the scene and he immediately detected the presence of wildlife. The four land iguanas were individually wrapped in identical cotton bags that the suspect had brought with him from Germany. The iguanas fortunately turned out to be alive and in good health. Land iguanas are protected species and are also listed on the IUCN red list as well as with CITES under appendix 2. Any attempt to remove them from the...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/07/09/germ...

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