BOGOTA, April 11 (Reuters) – Colombia’s nationwide police rescued over 1,000 ocelots, snakes, birds and different animals valued at greater than $1 million on the black market, authorities stated on Monday.
The nationwide operation, supported by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and native environmental authorities, led to 21 arrests, the police stated in an announcement.
“The nationwide police in coordination with wildlife authorities from the United States have achieved an important operation to safeguard protected species in Colombia,” General Jorge Luis Vargas, the pinnacle of the nationwide police, stated.
The 1,004 animals – together with turtles, starfish and tarantulas – at the moment are in the care of environmental authorities.
Colombia is without doubt one of the world’s most bio-diverse international locations and police there have rescued 5,994 animals from potential trafficking thus far this 12 months.
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Reporting by Andres Rojas and Camilo Cohecha
Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by David Gregorio
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