Over 1,500 turtles found wrapped in duct tape and hidden in suitcase
Over 1,500 turtles were discovered in a suitcase at an airport in the Philippines, wrapped in duct tape.
They had been found in four unclaimed pieces of luggage at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) posted the story on their Facebook page.
All of the turtles were alive and are thought to have arrived on a flight from Hong Kong.
The BOC said:
“Illegal Wildlife Trading is a violation of RA 10863 (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act) and RA 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act).
“Violators may face imprisonment of one year and one day to two years and a fine of Twenty thousand pesos to Two hundred thousand pesos.
“In 2018, the Port has turned over a total 560 wildlife and endangered species including the 250 geckos, 254 corals and other reptiles to DENR which were apprehend thru air parcels, baggage and shipments.
“BOC will continuously protect the borders against importation and exportation of illegal wildlife trade and other prohibited and anti-social goods.”