Brazilian police arrest 7 for animal trafficking

AP News
Posted: Aug 11, 2011 12:10 PM
Brazilian police arrest 7 for animal trafficking

Brazilian police have arrested seven people and seized more than 2,600 animals in a crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animals.

A news release from the federal environmental agency says the suspects operated a website to sell animals captured in the wild or bred illegally.

The agency says that threatened and endangered animals such as the blue macaw fetched up to $33,500. The site also sold big cats: An ocelot went for about $8,000.

The crackdown kicked off Wednesday and continued Thursday, involving 150 police officers and 106 environmental agency representatives.

The watchdog group Renctas says about 15 percent of the $10 billion to $20 billion global illegal animal trade takes place in Brazil.