Madagascar Tortoise Smugglers Sentenced

by Heather Lowe 

tortoises_seizedThe TSA is thrilled to announce that a verdict has been reached in a tortoise smuggling case in Madagascar from July 2011 (click here for the story). One of the smugglers arrested, along with three accomplices, were sentenced this week to two years in prison and a fine equivalent to $574,000 USD.

This is the highest fine ever levied for tortoise smuggling in Madagascar and gives us hope that the tide is turning!