Smuggler caught after bag holding 95 boa constrictors bursts open at airport.
A man has pleaded guilty after his bag containing snakes broke open on a luggage belt at Kuala Lumpur International airport.
"A man has pleaded guilty after his bag containing snakes broke open on a luggage belt at Kuala Lumpur International airport
Keng Liang "Anson" Wong was charged on Wednesday for exporting the endangered boas without a permit said an official with Malaysia's wildlife department. The offence carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine.
The smuggling situation is so serious that experts have invented a new term - "empty forest syndrome" - to describe the gaping holes in biodiversity left behind."
Anson Wong has a history of smuggling and has been jailed previously in USA. Read more about his previous history of trading endangered animals in National Geographic, January 2010. " Update: After this article was published, the Malaysian Parliament passed the Wildlife Conservation Act, the first major wildlife law overhaul in the country since 1972.