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More than 10,000 live turtles seized from passenger’s luggage at airport

By Mason White 3:38 AM July 21, 2013
The turtles that were seized 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) Airport officials have seized more than ten thousand live turtles from the luggage of two passengers at an airport in India, according to a statement released by Indian customs officials.

The two Indian nationals were arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport in Calcutta, after customs officials found the reptiles in their bags.

“We found 10,043 live exotic turtles. They have been seized from the two passengers, residents of Chennai, who were flying from China to Singapore, as they landed at Calcutta airport,” Airport Customs assistant commissioner Nabnit Kumar said.

The turtles were in three bags waiting to be picked up on a conveyor belt when the passengers aroused the suspicion of customs officials.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered and many are in danger of extinction due to human activities.

The increased pollution, drainage of wetlands and commercial development, tend to destroy their habitats and nesting sites.
The two were charged with smuggling.