Guards discovered three tortoises being smuggled into Bristol Airport in cigarette packets
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Security guards discovered three tortoises being smuggled into Bristol Airport in cigarette packets which had been transported in the baggage hold.
A family-of-six attempted to sneak the animals into the airport on Tuesday, August 28.
A baggage search revealed three tortoises concealed in separate suitcases, all of which had been transported in the baggage hold. Each tortoise was found underneath layers of clothing inside cigarette packets containing single lettuce leaves.
Peter Jones, Assistant Director, Border Force Bristol, said: priligy commenti Arcot Coronel Oviedo mlb betting sites « Clearly, transporting animals in such a way and without the correct paperwork is not acceptable.
« Rules are in place for reasons of animal welfare and thanks to the intervention of our officers, these tortoises can now be properly cared for.
« This should serve as a warning to anyone thinking about transporting wildlife in such conditions. »
Border Force officers contacted expert colleagues from the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) team who confirmed that the animals were controlled under the CITES convention and required the correct permits to be imported legally.
CITES permits also have conditions attached to ensure that animals are transported in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations – the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by air.