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France: €200,000 worth of endangered SEAHORSES seized en route to Asia00:42

France: €200,000 worth of endangered SEAHORSES seized en route to Asia

France, Paris
February 10, 2015 at 09:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Customs officers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris seized around 18,000 dehydrated seahorses, a protected species which are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, Thursday. The animals were found in a commercial transit container which was on its way to Hong Kong from Madagascar. The estimated value of the seizure stands at around €200,000 ($226,528).

The import and export of seahorses is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Endangered Species (CITES), although countries including Japan and Norway have opted out of the agreement.

Vast amounts of profit can be made from farming seahorses, drying them out and then selling the dehydrated animal in bulk. Per kilogram, dried seahorses retail at anywhere from €530 ($600) to €2,649 ($3,000).

The largest seizure made at Charles de Gaulle Airport involved an estimated 35,000 seahorses, weighing in at 118kg (260lbs).

Video courtesy of DOUANE FRANÇAISE

France: €200,000 worth of endangered SEAHORSES seized en route to Asia00:42
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Customs officers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris seized around 18,000 dehydrated seahorses, a protected species which are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, Thursday. The animals were found in a commercial transit container which was on its way to Hong Kong from Madagascar. The estimated value of the seizure stands at around €200,000 ($226,528).

The import and export of seahorses is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Endangered Species (CITES), although countries including Japan and Norway have opted out of the agreement.

Vast amounts of profit can be made from farming seahorses, drying them out and then selling the dehydrated animal in bulk. Per kilogram, dried seahorses retail at anywhere from €530 ($600) to €2,649 ($3,000).

The largest seizure made at Charles de Gaulle Airport involved an estimated 35,000 seahorses, weighing in at 118kg (260lbs).

Video courtesy of DOUANE FRANÇAISE

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