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“At Baltra airport, 185 hatched turtles were detected in a suitcase which was being transferred to mainland Ecuador”, the ministry announced on Twitter.
#URGENT | During a routine inspection between @aerogalapagos and @galapagos at the airport #Baltra, 185 hatchling turtles were detected in a suitcase that was transferred to mainland Ecuador. Prosecutor’s Office and #UPMA are taking procedure. News in development. pic.twitter.com/qXHqmGyukZ
– Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador (@Ambiente_Ec) March 28, 2021
The ministry specifies that the discovery took place “during a routine inspection” and that the police and prosecutors “take action”, without giving more details.
“The age of the turtles does not exceed three months and their shell is extremely young”, said the Galapagos airport in a statement, which makes it difficult to locate the original location of these turtles, each species being different depending on its island of origin. They were wrapped in plastic bags and ten of them did not survive, according to the statement.
Environment Minister Marcelo Mata denounced in a tweet “these crimes against the fauna and natural heritage of Ecuadorians” and said he was convinced that these facts “will be punished with all the rigor provided for by the regulations in force”. Illegal wildlife trafficking is a crime punishable by one to three years in prison under Ecuadorian law.
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