World Turtle News, 01/03/2018
Smuggling Data From Canada Border A Grim Reality And Call For Action
Canada authorities are expressing concern over recent turtle smuggling data and the effects of this harmful practice. According to statistics, the past 5 years has resulted in 117 confiscated chelonians at the Windsor-Detroit border from three individual instances. Not only does smuggling impact the populations of these endangered animals, but the risk of introduction of foreign viruses is a major issue according to the CBSA. For some species, poaching is the number one reason for their rapid decline, and habitat destruction is an important ecological aspect that is a significant contributor to their current status. Thankfully, the harvesting of Chelydra serpentina has been banned, but more efforts are mandatory to halt this illegal practice of poaching Canada’s native turtle species before the population becomes nonexistent.
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Photo from CBSA.