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Posted Fri Feb 11 2011: from New York Times:
Seizure Highlights Illegal Wildlife Trading
This week the authorities at Bangkok's international airport intercepted a would-be wildlife smuggler, an Indonesian man whose three suitcases contained dozens of turtles and tortoises, 44 snakes, including pythons and two boa constrictors, assorted lizards and spiders -- oh, and a parrot. All were headed for Indonesia, and the full list was compiled by Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network. The size and variety of the catch was unusual, but the incident itself was not.... The main driver is vastly increased demand from Asia, China in particular, where wealth is rising and endangered species are valued as ingredients for traditional medicines or foods or as pets.
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