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In a chilling turn of events at Chennai Airport, customs officials intercepted a passenger carrying a clandestine cargo of 22 snakes and a chameleon. The passenger, a woman, had arrived in India from Kuala Lumpur with the reptiles stashed away in her checked luggage. The contraband was discovered during a routine luggage check by customs agents.
The incident came to light through photos and videos shared by India’s Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. The footage depicts an array of snakes of different species crammed into transparent plastic containers, sealed haphazardly with duct tape.
Under India’s stringent Wildlife Protection Act, the reptiles were promptly seized. This act is a cornerstone legislation safeguarding wild animals, birds, and plants. It reflects India’s commitment to ensuring its ecological and environmental security.
This peculiar incident is not a one-off. A similar situation unfolded at the Chennai Airport earlier this year in January. Customs officials found 45 ball pythons, three marmosets, three-star tortoises, and eight corn snakes hidden in a traveler’s luggage. The animals were subsequently deported back to Bangkok, as reported by the Indian Express.
It’s crucial to understand the importance of wildlife protection and its role in maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystem. Illegal wildlife trafficking not only threatens biodiversity but can also spread diseases. It’s crucial to report any suspicious activities linked to wildlife smuggling.
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