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Posted: 19 June 2007 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Snakes and other reptiles are being smuggled in gnomes.

Snakes alive: Reptiles found hidden in gnomes

June 19, 2007

GARDEN gnomes are known for their ability to travel the world posing in front of landmarks. Now they have been found with illegal reptilian escorts.
Customs and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service officers have busted a reptile racket in which snakes and lizards were concealed in the hollow spaces of pottery figurines and garden gnomes.

A customs officer was startled on June 10 to discover two snakes and three lizards in a package sent from the United Kingdom to an address in Blacktown in Sydney’s west.

Just one day later a second package concealing five snakes and five lizards inside pottery ornaments was intercepted during an X-ray procedure. The package also came from the UK and was headed to Wilberforce, north-west of Sydney.

Customs National Manager for Investigations Richard Janecko said trafficking wildlife was a serious issue and had serious implications for all involved.

“Such criminal action is also a cruel practice which frequently results in the deaths of animals in transit,” he said.

The reptiles have had to be euthanased because of quarantine concerns.

The maximum penalty for smuggling wildlife is imprisonment for up to 10 years with fines reaching $110,000.

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Posted: 19 June 2007 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I wonder if the shipment came by plane.

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Posted: 19 June 2007 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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gray - 19 June 2007 12:14 PM

I wonder if the shipment came by plane.

For the sake of everything that is cooler than the other side of the pillow, I should hope so.
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Posted: 19 June 2007 06:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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When the MoH gnome starts making his rounds it better not arrive at my doorstep with any wildlife in it!  I don’t have ten years or $110,000 to spare.

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Posted: 19 June 2007 06:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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“Begon snake infested gnome!” Followed by Tah kicking it into the next country!

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Posted: 19 June 2007 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Tah - 19 June 2007 10:01 PM

When the MoH gnome starts making his rounds it better not arrive at my doorstep with any wildlife in it!  I don’t have ten years or $110,000 to spare.

Eh, it’s only $110,000 in Australian dollars, Tah.  It’s not like it’s actually real money. . .

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Posted: 19 June 2007 07:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Posted: 19 June 2007 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I thought you got Australian dollars by writing ‘$10’ on a bit of newspaper tongue wink

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Posted: 19 June 2007 09:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Renquist - 20 June 2007 12:01 AM

I thought you got Australian dollars by writing ‘$10’ on a bit of newspaper tongue wink

Sounds about right to me… wink

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Renquist - 20 June 2007 12:01 AM

I thought you got Australian dollars by writing ‘$10’ on a bit of newspaper tongue wink

Sounds about right to me… wink

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If we wrote $10 on a newspaper, we wouldn’t get the brightly coloured plastic notes that I seem to recall certain people exclaiming over….

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Posted: 20 June 2007 05:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Smerk - 20 June 2007 12:16 PM
Madmouse - 20 June 2007 01:14 AM
Renquist - 20 June 2007 12:01 AM

I thought you got Australian dollars by writing ‘$10’ on a bit of newspaper tongue wink

Sounds about right to me… wink

raspberry

If we wrote $10 on a newspaper, we wouldn’t get the brightly coloured plastic notes that I seem to recall certain people exclaiming over….

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