Increase in confiscations of endangered species
Confiscations by Swedish Customs of endangered species have doubled in the past five years. The customs service says most have come in as mail orders, which reflects that online shopping for threatened animals and plants has become more common.
Last year there were 29 confiscations, compared to 15 back in 2007. However, Jonas Karlsson of the customs service tells the TT news agency that the situation was much worse 10 or 15 years ago.
Among the illegal animals and plants entering the country are snakes in bottles and dried sea horses from Southeast Asia, stuffed baby crocodiles from Africa, and in one case, the skin and paws of an ocelot from South America.
Recently two men were arrested by the Stockholm Police for dealing in rhinoceros horn.