Over 100 animals rescued from markets in Rio de Janeiro draw attention to illegal trade

This action comes less than two weeks after a Russian biologist was stopped by federal police near Seropédica on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro with 200 live animals in his possession. The man had 50 spiders, 80 beetles, 25 frogs, and 20 lizards.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a joint operation by state environmental protection services  Inea and DPMA, eight people were arrested and 109 animals rescued from illegal markets. The animals were rescued from markets in the Rio de Janeiro Baixada - Belford Roxo and Duque de Caxias - on Sunday, the traditional market day.

The vast majority of these animals were birds, but 3 marmosets and 1 turtle were also apprehended. The perpetrators face from 6 months to 1 year in prison if found guilty.
Wild birds are commonly kept as pets in parts of Rio de Janeiro, although this practice is prohibited . . .

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