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Dried Sea Horse meant for Sri Lanka seized

 


UNI
June 15, 2011

Tamil Nadu Forest officials seized three Kg of Sea Horse, a banned marine species and arrested three people in this connection near the Rameswaram Bus Stand in Rameswaram. The rare marine species was meant for smuggling to Sri Lanka, Indian media reported.

Official sources saidm acting on a tip-off, the Forest Officials rounded up Siva, Kumaraguru and Navajeeva Doss and made the seizure.

In all, 2,509 numbers of dried Sea Horse were seized from them.

Poaching and possession of Sea Horse is banned in India since it is classified as a Schedule I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Moreover, International trade of Sea Horse is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to which India is a signatory.

Sea horse has great demand in countries like China, Taiwan, Philippines for their medicinal values. (UNI)

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