The sale of illegal wildlife has grown into a $20 billion business along with narcotics, arms sales and human trafficking. Online sales make wildlife trafficking even easier.
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 international seahorse trade out of West Africa is booming. The animals are used in dried form in soups, teas and rice wine. But growing demand is putting these little fish at risk of extinction.
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.
Citing years of narcotics trafficking, US prosecutors have called for "El Chapo" to forfeit billions in drug money. But his lawyer dismissed the request, saying "the government has never located or identified a penny."
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