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Reptiles: Smuggling

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reptiles were seized by HM Revenue and Customs under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species in each year 2000; and how many were seized in each seizure. (322454)

The numbers of live reptiles seized by officers of HM Revenue and Customs under the convention of international trade in endangered species (CITES) for the financial years 2005-06 to 2008-09 are given in the following table.

Information on all CITES seizures made by the former HM Customs and Excise prior to 2005 is available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/wildlife/trade-crime/cites/action-uk.htm#enforcement

Seizures

Number of specimens

Seizures include

2005-06

27

1,336

501 Leopard tortoises

220 Caiman crocodiles

149 Royal pythons

170 Terrapins

2006-07

38

1,313

325 Terrapins

294 Spiny tailed lizards

138 Leopard tortoises

2007-08

21

347

200 Tortoises

2008-09

32

1,044

356 Turtles

111 Leopard tortoises

100 Hingeback tortoises

98 Spiny tailed lizards