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20 December 2017, 17:17

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Goeldi's monkey, 300 turtles, 2 parrots and 80 tits intercepted by LPR customs (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, December 20 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR custom officials at Krasnodon have seized exotic animals and birds smuggled in the Republic in tightly packed boxes in boats across the Severskiy Donets river.

"In the night December 19 a mobile group of the Anti-Smuggling and -Customs Violations Department intercepted two people with bags and boxex, who have illegally crossed the Severskiy Donets river on boat in Krasnodon region," said the head of the operative office of the Department Sergey Pasechnik.

"The exotic animals were discovered packed inside the bags and boxes. The contraband included a  Goeldi's monkey, 300 tortoises, two Rosella parrots and 80 tit birds. No documents were provided  by the smugglers," the report said.

The smugglers shipped animals in life-threatening conditions, customs said.

"The animals and birds have been sent into quarantine to the Lugansk Zoo."

Earlier the Ministry of Justice sent 99 parrots seized from smugglers to the Lugansk Zoo in the 1 May Park.

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Goeldi's monkey or Goeldi's marmoset (Callimico goeldii) is a small, South American New World monkey that lives in the upper Amazon basin region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. They live in small social groups (approximately six individuals) that stay within a few feet of one another most of the time, staying in contact via high-pitched calls.

Rosellas are colourful parrots from Australia with a distinctive architecture of the feathers in the tail and wing. They enjoy bathing in puddles of water and can live for longer than 20 years. All have a reputation for being aggressive in captivity, and are hence recommended be kept separate from other caged birds.

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WHY ANIMAL TRAFFICING MUST BE STOPPED

According to the WWF Fund, leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species, the world is dealing with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade, threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains.

Moreover, due to the nature of illegal business, traffickers often ship animals in extremely poor conditions, subjecting living beings to crowded living conditions, poor ventilation, a lack of food, water, and basic care.

Everyone purchasing an exotic animal should be aware of sufferings induced on the animals during capture and transport. According to PETA animal rights organization, many of these animals change hands several times through intermediaries and exporters, and they endure grueling transport conditions.

Parrots might have their beaks and feet taped and be stuffed into plastic tubes that can easily be hidden in luggage. Baby turtles are taped so that they are trapped inside their shells and shoved by the dozen into tube socks. Infant pythons are shipped in CD cases.

Wildlife trade and trafficing is characterized by animal mortality of about 80 or 90 percent.

LuganskMediaCentre — 20 December — Lugansk