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The U.S. is one of the leading buyers of illegal turtles, snakes, birds, apes and monkeys. People who want to own these animals make the world’s wild animal trade possible. It is a cruel business. Captive creatures often die during the transport. They may be too hot or cold. Or the containers they are transported in may be too small. Sometimes they are not given any food or water.

Bringing wild animals into the country can also spread diseases. Wild birds can carry germs. Tiny turtles can carry a dangerous bacteria. Exotic wildlide can make you and other people sick even when you never touch or see the animal.

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Wild animals are being illegally caught and taken out of their natural habitats. The animals are then sold as pets. It is a dangerous business.

Tourist often bring back snacks to share with their friends and family. But when a couple of foreign smugglers landed at an airport in the US, they were hoping the U.S. Fish & Wildlife agents would think that they were tourist. However, the agents thought that the 2 were carrying more than just tasty treats. The agents then found around 50 live turtles and tortoises stuffed inside snack food boxes in their suitcases. Among the reptiles found were Indian star tortoises and rare turtles. The agents had been working on an a project called “Operation Flying Turtle” for over a year.

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