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Heathrow wildlife traffickers jailed for 12 months

2 Romanian women who were caught trying to smuggle 13 endangered iguanas through Heathrow airport have been jailed for 12 months. The women were caught during border checks at Terminal 5 on 3rd February. The discovery was made as the women transferred from their Bahamas flight to their connection to Dosseldorf in Germany. Border Force…
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Greece faces court over turtle habitat

The European Union (EU) is to take Greece to court over the threats to turtle habitat in the country. The EU is to claim that unrestricted development around the coast of Greece is putting endangered sea turtles at risk. Of particular concern is  Kyparissia Bay in the Western Peloponnese, one of the most important nesting beaches for…
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Water test to end the great newt scam

Claiming that they’ve seen protected greater crested newts on a proposed site is something that is often used by anti-housing campaigners. It adds costs to any planning application and can also delay the development process for many months as ecologists have to make repeated visits to a site to try to find evidence. Now a simple…
iguana seizure

UK Border Force seizes endangered reptiles

Thirteen endangered San Salvador Rock Iguanas have been seized by Border Agency officers at Heathrow. The reptiles were in the possession of 2 Romanian women on their way to Germany. The women were passing through Terminal 5 yesterday on their way back to Dusseldorf from the Bahamas. 1 of the iguanas had died during transport.…
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Security engraving hopes for saving tortoises

With just 400 adult Ploughshare tortoises left in the wild conservationists are hoping to reduce their value to poachers by engraving security codes on to their highly decorative shells. Now critically endangered the ploughshare tortoise has seen it’s population plummet in recent years as poachers seek them out for supplies to the pet trade. The…
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55,000 people say no to rattlesnake slaughter

Over 55,000 people have signed a petition calling on the city authorities of Opp, Alabama to end the annual ‘rattlesnake rodeo’ which sees prizes being given to hunters of eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. The snakes are becoming increasingly rare across southeastern United States and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have launched a full review into…
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Is Kidderminster a hub for illegal wildlife trading?

Concerns are being raised over the activities taking place in the  Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre in Kidderminster this Sunday – 29th July 2012. A planned reptile and amphibian fair is to take place in direct contravention of legislation that prevents pets from being sold at market stalls. The trading of pets at market stalls was banned…