No.2 of Ten Model Cases regarding Ecological Environmental Protection Published by the Supreme People's Court: Case of Smuggling of Rare Animals by Defendant Zhuo Wen
In July 2015, instigated by defendant Zhuo Wen, Li Weiwen, defendant in another case, carried two suitcases and arrived at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport by airplane. He entered by selecting the lane of nothing to declare and declared no item to the Customs. Upon check, customs officers seized 259 turtles from the suitcases carried by Li Weiwen. It was identified that the aforesaid turtles included 12 black pond turtles (Geoclemys under Geoemydidae) and 247 Indian roofed turtles (Kachuga under Geoemydidae), which were all protected rare animals in Appendix I to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the value thereof amounted to CNY6.475 million in total.