Authorities have recovered a large number of turtles being smuggled in luggage at an Indian airport.
The World Wildlife Fund consider almost all sea turtles endangered due to a combination of pollution, habitat destruction and poaching. With some animals fetching a high price on the black market there is an ever-present risk of human-driven extinction for many turtle species.
In this latest incident, two Indian nationals are being held over the illegal transportation of more than 10,000 turtles inside their suitcases. "10,043 numbers of exotic varieties of the turtles have been seized from two passengers, residents of Chennai, who were coming from China to Singapore, and landed at Kolkata airport," said assistant commissioner Nabnit Kumar.
"More than 10,000 live exotic turtles have been found in the luggage of two passengers at an Indian airport."
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