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Wildlife smuggling attempt foild by BOC-NAIA

Wildlife smuggling
The 23 tarantulas seized by the BOC-NAIA. (JERRY S. TAN)

A total of 23 tarantulas declared as ‘snacks’ and placed in potato chips containers, were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

BOC-NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan said the foiled attempt at wildlife smuggling of the said tarantulas at the Central Mail Exchange Center recently is a violation of Section 1113 in relation to Sections 117 and 1401 of RA 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and Section 27 of RA 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
The parcel from Hanoi, Vietnam, consigned to a claimant in Makati City, was declared as “snacks and other foodstuffs” and have been immediately turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for monitoring and safekeeping.

Talusan said that this year alone, the Port of NAIA has seized several exotic aquatic wildlife species from different countries.

She also said that the BOC-Port of NAIA under the leadership of Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz, strictly implements the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to intensify border protection. TRAFFIC Southeast Asia has also recognized the Port for its efforts against wildlife trafficking.

Wildlife smuggling

Itchie G. Cabayan
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