Finding live animals on the internet is easy — even in platforms that forbid their sale. In Europe, legal loopholes mean endangered species can be traded in poorly regulated markets like the Terraristika reptile fair.
Despite efforts of local conservationists, demand from China for scales, meat and traditional medicine has made the endangered pangolin the world's most trafficked animal.
The smugglers were arrested at Kuala Lumpur's main airport after arriving from China with 5,255 red-eared terrapins. Malaysia has become a hub for wildlife trafficking in the past few years.
German police have identified a popular Asian food market in Berlin as an important way station in a global human trafficking network, Berlin media report. Many of the trafficking victims are minors.
Hundreds of live turtles and tortoises have been found in suitcases at Manila airport's baggage claim in the Philippines. The intercepted reptiles included a number of endangered species and were worth around €76,700.
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