BRATISLAVA - A couple from Slovakia imported hundreds of frogs from Central America to the EU, completely legally. However, the woman was later apprehended in Germany, where police seized over 100 frogs from her. Some of them of the kind which was never in history imported to Europe legally. Turns out, her husband is a well known person for conservationists in Panama, and for all the wrong reasons.
This case in not only about a couple of frog enthusiasts. It also showcases there is something wrong with the international system of regulation of the trade with endangered animals. German authorities are today talking about a "frog mafia”, falsification of documents and imports of very illegal species declared as other species. But even in this case, after someone was caught red-handed, they face no real consequences.
German accomplices of the couple from Slovakia got away with fines. And the couple was free to move away from the EU, as the Slovak police apparently could not have been bothered to even search their place. Nowadays, they live in Texas, US, and continue breeding exotic and endangered poison dart frogs, populations of which in the wild continue to decrease.
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