By: Steve Dellar | 05-04-2018 | News
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UK – Heathrow Airport Seizes 50 Crocodiles On Illegal Transport

A major airport like Heathrow seizes goods on a daily basis, but the capture of yesterday continues to spark the imagination of many. Security authorities at London’s biggest airport stated they had seized no less than 50 live crocodiles after their transportation conditions were believed to be in breach of safety regulations.

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During routine checks on a flight arriving from Malaysia, customs authorities had found the one-year-old animals which were destined for a farm in Cambridge to be bred for their meat.

Mr Grant Miller, who heads the national Border Force CITES team at Heathrow airport, declared: "It is just not acceptable for reptiles to be transported in this way.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">An illegal shipment of 50 live crocodiles have been seized by border officials at Heathrow Airport. The one-year-old saltwater reptiles, each measuring around a foot long, were packed in five boxes that arrived from Malaysia.<a href="https://t.co/rTqF94tmMZ">https://t.co/rTqF94tmMZ</a></p>&mdash; LBC (@LBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/LBC/status/992509235362754561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"The crocodiles had started to fight each other during the flight as space was limited, so little attention had been paid to their welfare.”

"We will seize anything that contravenes CITES regulations, so this should serve as a warning to those thinking about transporting wildlife in such conditions."

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The animals, which had all been put together in groups of 15 per box, had started to fight each other because of the cramped space and one of them died.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">An illegal shipment of 50 crocodiles has been seized by border officers at Heathrow Airport. <a href="https://t.co/5yj6iuqwJf">pic.twitter.com/5yj6iuqwJf</a></p>&mdash; Global&#39;s Newsroom (@GlobalsNewsroom) <a href="https://twitter.com/GlobalsNewsroom/status/992472929941123072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms Andrea Gruber, International Air Transport Association’s head of Special Cargo, explained: "The IATA Live Animals Regulations are the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by air and have been established to ensure all animals are transported safely and humanely. Industry must comply with the Regulations, which are enforced by government authorities.”

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“Any failure to meet with the existing requirements can impact animal safety and welfare."

Source:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/04/dozens-live-crocodiles-seized-heathrow-airport/

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