Wildlife trafficking via Heathrow

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Re: Wildlife trafficking via Heathrow

Postby Pam » Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:59 pm

Awful and sadly just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of tortoises go through Heathrow that the inspectors don't seize because they can't prove that they are wild caught, even the presence of ticks isn't enough. Their "gut feel" tells them to seize them but they don't....... and they carry on through.

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Re: Wildlife trafficking via Heathrow

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:14 pm

The other problem... even if you seize them, then what? The UK is already saturated with unwanted tortoises.
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Re: Wildlife trafficking via Heathrow

Postby Pam » Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:02 pm

Just tossing ideas around here, but why can't we mark the shipment as "Entry refused" or "Unable to forward" and send them back where they came from with a processing/shipping charge. Surely that would make every transport hub improve it's practices and stop some of these shipments from ever happening in the first place. Expect there is a reason why this can't be done but it's all so frustratingly wrong......
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