Congratulations to FWS, ICE and CBP for thwarting the illegal import of wildlife. Check out this article!
This is a great example of our Federal government working together across government agency boundaries to achieve a commmon mission–and what an important mission it is. Stopping the illegal import of wildlife species is critical in maintaining a viable ecosystem. In addition, it’s linkage to other criminal activities even further necessitates the involvement of law enforcement.
The coordinated task of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is to be commended. This type of criminal activity is reprehensible. It is a sad state that there is a demand for these illegal wildlife specimens. I shudder to ask who the “consumers” are in this case. However, I am happy to see that they will not be receiving their goods and that the Natioinal Wildlife Foundation will be gaining $100,000 woth of funds thanks to the fines imposed.
Great find with the blog post- it’s nice to see the folks at the border get some good press! I don’t think most people realize how devastating trade in threatened or endangered species is to native ecosystems, and stopping the flow of animals and plants is more than a full time job. It’s amazing to see the lengths some people will go to for the sake of making a buck on the back of exotic species, and it confounds me that people actually want to possess these articles. So it goes… thanks for posting the story-
Thanks for the feedback. I completely agree with you in that is horrifying the lengths that people will go to for monetary benefit.