Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A welcome step

In a rare case, Delhi customs slapped Delhi-based importers Nadia Studio a fine of Rs 50,000 for importing 18-kg consignment of copperhead rat snake skins last year. In the first ever case, the courier company, DHL, whose consignment was held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport's cargo-courier terminal in mid-July 2004, has also been slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 for despatching the import from Hong Kong.
This report adds that while there are no restrictions on poaching these snakes in Hong Kong, they are an endangered species in India.