Over 1 500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

2019-03-05 12:13
Turtles found inside a suitcase, covered with duct tape, during a press conference at Manila's international airport.

Turtles found inside a suitcase, covered with duct tape, during a press conference at Manila's international airport.

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Philippine authorities have found more than 1 500 live exotic turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.

Customs officials said in a statement Monday that the various types of turtles were found on Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong,.

The 1 529 turtles were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit.

Convictions for the illegal trading of wildlife are punishable by a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to 200 000 pesos ($3 861).

In 2018, Philippine authorities turned over 560 wildlife and endangered species, including 250 geckos and 254 corals smuggled through air parcels, baggage and shipments, according to the statement.

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