Approximately 311 specimens of animals of species protected by customs near Arras (Pas-de-Calais) were placed during the operation of environmental police, according to today's ministerial statement.
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On 4 November, during the "Reptile Day" event, a "large-scale" operation was carried out by Saint-Omer and Arras customs agents, police officers and members of the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife (ONCFS), the Transition Ministers announced Ecology and Solidarity of Francois de Rugy and Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, in a joint statement.
The act "has found a number of crimes and seizures of protected species illegally". Among these animals – from 40 different species – there were 54 cameras as well as aquatic turtles, turtles, lizards, geckos, amphibians and coppice.
Six registered exhibitors are sent to the AFP office and prosecutor at Arras, from the Hungarian, Dutch and Belgian countries to criminal courts. They bring sentences and prison fines, as well as seize animals. In addition, two people from the British and Belgian nationality were punished by "heavy fines" for the holding without proof of gamers, on the side of the exhibition, according to the customs service.
After confirming in France in 1978 and in force in over 180 countries, the Washington Convention prohibits or imposes restrictions on international trade in animal and plant species threatened.
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