Saarbrücken (ots) - March 03rd is species protection day.
Today around 5.800 wild animal species and 30.000 plant species are threatened with extinction worldwide. These animals and plants must be specially protected to enable them to survive.
With its controls in travel, freight and mail traffic, customs make an important contribution to the protection of biodiversity. Customs monitor compliance with the legal import and export regulations in international trade.
"Every year we find numerous violations of species protection regulations, especially in mail," says Hans Barth, head of the main customs office in Saarbrücken. "Species-protected animals and plants as well as goods made from them that are imported or exported in violation of the prohibition or without the required documents are confiscated by customs."
In October 2020, for example, a Covid 19 mask made of crocodile leather was seized from the international freight station in Speyer. The crocodiles are threatened by international trade and are therefore particularly protected by the Washington Convention on Endangered Species. The trade in these animals and all products produced and processed from them is only possible with the appropriate permits. The necessary import permit from the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation was not included with the mail. This made it impossible to import the crocodile mask - not even for private purposes.
In addition to products made from crocodile skin, shoes made from snakeskin, walrus teeth and cacti were also withdrawn from circulation last year.
The customs officers across Germany struck gold more than 1.400 times in 2019 and confiscated almost 38 tons and almost 470.000 animals and plants or products made from them. In the area of responsibility of the main customs office in Saarbrücken, more than 2019 violations of species protection regulations were found in 70.
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Originally written by: Main customs office in Saarbrücken
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