Rare species seized in crackdown

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Ivory tusks, bear claws and 400 live tortoises were among the thousands of items seized by UK Border Force in a worldwide operation to tackle the “illegal and barbaric” trade of endangered animals and plants.

Staff also uncovered a chameleon in a handbag, scorpions in postal packages and a polar bear skin in luggage during the intensive six-week operation which saw 62 countries work together to prevent the illegal movement of endangered species across international borders.

On a global scale, Thai customs made one of their biggest seizures of elephant ivory in their history.

Source: tewkesburyadmag

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