Customs seizes package of endangered PH species
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) seized 15 Philippine cobras, and sailfin lizards placed in airtight plastic containers declared as “sweet pastries” bound for Sweden.
NAIA customs district collector Ramon Anquilan said that customs officers intercepted outgoing plastic containers declared as “sweet pastries” at the Pair Cargo warehouse.
Customs officers found several plastic containers containing five Philippine cobras, one of which was a viper, and 10 sailfin lizards.
Anguillan said that all the five snake cobras and nine sailfin lizards were found dead due to suffocation, and only one sailfin lizard was found alive.
A certain Arvin Tuyay of San Pablo City, Laguna was the sender, and addressed the package to be sent to a certain Wal Demar Timot of Sjobo, Sweden.
The lizard that survived was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for treatment.
Tuyay brought the shipment to the Pair Cargo at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26, and misdeclared its content, apparently thinking the animals would be able to survive without air for a few days.
Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals, a person found guilty of exporting endangered species is liable to a maximum fine and imprisonment.
Police were following up the case.