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All photos below Courtesy of New York Turtle & Tortoise Society and Wil Luiijf
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New York Turtle & Tortoise Society


Pictures by  Wil Luiijf
In a shipment from Kazakhstan to the USA (intercepted in Amsterdam), 3,000 Testudo horsfieldii were packed in 60 crates; 127 were dead.


Pictures by  Wil Luiijf
In this shipment en route from Tanzania to the USA (seized in Amsterdam), 511 pancake tortoises, Malacochersis tornieri, in extremely poor condition, were packed in layers on top of one another.



Pictures by  Wil Luiijf
A shipment of 500 Testudo horsfieldii, en route from the former USSR to Hong Kong, was opened because of the foul odor emanating from the cartons. In this photo the inspector points to a maggot at the bottom of the crate.



Pictures by  Wil Luiijf
In addition to the crushed animals in this same shipment of 500 Testudo horsfieldii, numerous individuals had fractured carapaces, crushed skulls, and severed limbs.