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More than 100 live animals found in women's luggage

Two women were arrested for trying to smuggle 109 animals from Thailand in their luggage.

Officers found 35 turtles and 50 chameleons in their bags, as well as 20 snakes, two white porcupines, two armadillos, and two chameleons.

They were trying to board a Thai Airways flight from Thailand to India. Suspections were raised after what was supposed to be a routine Xray inspection.

Both were charged with violating Thailand’s Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act and Customs Act.

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The incident occurred at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport Monday.

Traffic, a nongovernmental organisation that monitors wild animal trade, says such incidents are a serious and growing problem.

A March 2022 report stated that it was the fourth largest illegal trade in the world after drugs, arms and human trafficking. It also frequently links with other serious crimes such as money laundering and fraud.

There are many reasons for wildlife smuggling, including their use as food, traditional medicines, artifacts, fashion, and exotic pets.

Traffic’s research has revealed that more than 70,000 wild animals, including their body parts and derivatives, were found at Indian airports between 2011-2020.

The highest number of wildlife seizures at Chennai International Airport (where the couple were arrested) was recorded in the country.

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