Animal Traffcker Caught With 20 Pregnant Seahoses Dead In Suitcase

An animal trafficker caught with 20 pregnant dead seahorses hidden in his suitcase has been seized by customs officers in Germany.

Horrified inspectors discovered the creatures packed into a styrofoam container as they searched the suspect’s luggage at Berlin Brandenburg Airport on 17th May.

He told police he had bought the seahorses from a dealer in Vietnam for EUR 5 (GBP 4) and said he had planned to exhibit them.

Now, say customs official, he is facing a fine of up to EUR 50,000 (GBP 42,551) under animal protection regulations.

Main Customs Office Potsdam spokesperson, Christiane Ullrich said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “Seahorses are listed in Appendix B of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulation. This is the second-highest protection category.”

Image shows the seahorses, undated photo. The smuggler was caught at Berling Brandenburg Airport, Germany, on Friday, May 17, 2024. (Main Customs Office Potsdam/Newsflash)

She added: “The import and export of these species into and out of the EU are strictly regulated and generally require prior authorisation from a wildlife conservation authority of an EU member state.

“However, the traveler could not provide such authorisation.”

Ullrich continued: “Therefore, customs officials confiscated the animals and informed the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

“If penalised, the traveler faces a fine of up to EUR 50,000 [GBP 42,551].”

Customs officials in Germany seized more than 54,000 protected animals, plants, or goods derived from them last year.

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