Animal Welfare

Animal smuggler warns of growing black market in native animal

Photo: Parks and Wildlife officer Matt Swan with a black-headed python. (ABC News: Marcus Alborn)

A prolific, convicted animal smuggler, says Australians would be horrified if they knew how many animals are dying in black market trade while being smuggled to cashed-up collectors in Europe and Asia.

Over the last two years, 25-year-old Niall Cooke has been convicted of more than forty charges, including possessing and transporting protected animals such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes.

“The way the animals are smuggled out of the country is disgusting, and it’s not safe for the animals,” he told 7.30.

Source: ABC News

Read a full report in the latest issue of Pet Industry News by Caroline Zambrano