COLOMBIA: SPIDER SMUGGLERS CAUGHT TRYING TO SNEAK 232 TARANTULAS IN TINY PLASTIC POTS

On 4 December, the Daily Star reported that 2 Germans were found at an airport in Bogota with 210 plastic containers filled with tarantulas, spider eggs, roaches and scorpions – claiming they were smuggling them for research purposes.  Colombia is a target for wildlife traffickers drawn by its biodiversity and officials confirmed that more than 11,000 specimens have been seized so far this year.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/spider-smugglers-caught-trying-sneak-25614676

https://www.watoday.com.au/world/south-america/hundreds-of-tarantulas-seized-at-airport-in-colombian-smuggling-bust-20211204-p59esa.html

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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