KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian authorities seized about 3,300 singular pig-nosed turtles on Wednesday suspected of being smuggled into a Southeast Asian country.
The turtles, found in Australia and on a Indonesian island of Papua, are involved due to high direct from outlandish pet traders, wildlife experts said.
Seven packages of turtles were detected during a vessel investigation nearby Johor on Malaysia’s southern coast, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) pronounced in a statement, adding that dual people were arrested.
The value of a seized turtles was estimated during 150,000 ringgit ($36,909), a group said.
“We trust they were brought into a nation to be sole as outlandish pets,” an MMEA orator said.
Apart from being sole as live pets, conservationists contend a pig-nosed turtle is mostly wanted for beef expenditure and for use in normal medicines in some Asian countries.
Malaysia is deliberate a vital movement indicate for a bootleg trafficking of involved class to other tools of Asia.
Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; modifying by Darren Schuettler