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Brazil: 72 nabbed in animal trafficking crackdown

Brazil: 72 nabbed in animal trafficking crackdown

Brazilian police have arrested 72 people suspected of being part of an illegal animal smuggling ring.
Federal police in Rio de Janeiro say the organization trafficked 500,000 animals and raked in some $9 million annually.
Some 1,000 animals were confiscated in raids in nine states, mostly jungle birds.
The suspects include an unidentified Czech national who allegedly facilitated sales to buyers in several European nations. He is being held in Rio.
Watchdog group Renctas says illegal animal trafficking nets $10 billion to $20 billion a year. Brazil accounts for about 15 percent of that trade.
A police statement says at least 450 officers took part in Wednesday's crackdown.


Updated : 2021-03-02 03:12 GMT+08:00