Ship of captive animals seized by Chile

Reuters reports that a veritable “Noah’s Ark” of endangered species with $650 thousand dollars was seized by the Chilean Navy two weeks ago. The boat was sailing from Peru with a cargo hold containing nearly 400 animals form the Amazon region, including including toucans, parrots, baby alligators, and 200 marine turtles.

It’s a big win for CITES. But it makes you wonder, for every one of the ships, how many get through? And what to do with all those critters once you save ‘em? Good luck, Chile, and good work!

Peter Etnoyer (406 Posts)

PhD candidate at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and doctoral fellow Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.