Apathy and corruption facilitate illegal wildlife trade

IN April 2023, 22 snakes and a chameleon were discovered in a woman’s checked baggage at Chennai Airport in India after she arrived from Kuala Lumpur.

How did these reptiles escape detection by the Malaysian Customs Department? Was this merely a horrific mistake, or does this oversight indicate a purposeful disinterest in screening luggage and other items traveling out of Malaysia?

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