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Eels Threatened of Extinction Were Detained at Sofia Airport

Eels Threatened of Extinction Were Detained at Sofia Airport

05.01.2012
The signal was sent to the Ministry by the competent authority of Spain in applying the convention, with a request to the Bulgarian authorities to cooperate in order to prevent the departure of the consignment beyond the borders of the European Union.
As a result of the brilliant coordination and the professional work among the employees from the Ministry, The Regional Inspection on Environment and Water, veterinary authorities and the National Customs Agency, at the custom of Sofia Airport were detain 120 kilos of eels from the Anguilla species that were destined for the Philippines. The consignment was with a false declaration and without the required licence according to CITIES. The consignment consisted of 6 parcels, each of which had 4 containers with alive eels. Due measures are taken towards the violator and the eels are confiscated.
We would like to recall you that only a week ago at the checkpoint of Kapitan Andreevo was prevented an illegal import of 12 Toucan birds.

What is CITES?
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) represents an international agreement for nature conservation, aiming at preventing the extinction of species in result of trading with them. The Convention is also known as the Washington Convention. It was signed in 1973 and enforced on July 1st 1975. At present, a total of 173 countries have ratified the Convention. Among them is Bulgaria, which has ratified the Convention in 1991

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