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Endangering Species: Listing Can Make Animals Valuable Black Market Commodities [Slide Show]

By certifying species as endangered, government programs can backfire

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS:

Endangered eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes, originally from Canada, were captured in New York State during an international wildlife smuggling bust.....[ More ]

HIDDEN CARGO:

Two eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes, listed as endangered in New York State, are found hidden in a vehicle.....[ More ]

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME:

A threatened North American wood turtle is photographed for evidence following a sting operation by New York State's Environmental Crimes Investigation team.....[ More ]

FOR SALE:

This endangered yellow spotted Amazon River turtle was purchased by an undercover agent in the parking lot of a reptile show in New York State.....[ More ]

MARKET FOR ENDANGERED LISTEES?:

Tanks of endangered tortoises are illegally offered for sale at a weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand.....[ More ]

SNAKE-NECKED TURTLE:

When a journal announced the discovery of the Roti Island snake-necked turtle in 1994, excited illegal collectors nearly drove the animal to extinction.....[ More ]

RADIATED TORTOISE:

This radiated tortoise native to Madagascar, a red-listed critically endangered species, was found in a Bangkok marketplace for sale as a pet.....[ More ]

JAVAN HAWK EAGLE:

After Indonesia gave Javan hawk eagles special protected status in 1993, poachers began removing them from the wild for sale on the black market, as shown here.....[ More ]

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