An illegal wildlife trade:
Canadian women busted for selling polar bear skulls. The polar bear has chosen as one of the top five animals for wildlife photography. Polar bears look cute and cuddly. But they are expert hunters and enormous predators. Their native places primarily lie within the Arctic Ocean and surrounding landmasses. Only a limited number of polar bears live in the world by this time. They are on the endangered species list.
A piece of breaking news created by a Canadian woman for selling polar bear skulls to an undercover agent. She is 26 years old, Vanessa Rondeau. She has busted for allegedly selling polar bear skulls to a covert agent with these polar bear skulls. In addition, she had numerous undeclared wildlife items such as crocodile teeth and three-toed sloth. She was arrested while trying to cross over into Quebec with all these valuable things. Vanessa Rondeau was initially stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
As a part of this secret operation, special agent Ryan Bessey from the U.S. Fish and wildlife service contacted her and asked for those polar bear skulls following an advertisement on Facebook. Vanessa Rondeau agreed to sell the heads for $780, and then she sold another one for $600.
What is the punishment for her?
The Charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Department of Justice US Attorney’s office in the Western District of new york released a statement for this violence. However, she was released on $50,000 cash bail. Her next court appearance will be on 15th June in New York. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mongo stated that according to the complaint. The defendant owns and handles a business called the Old Cavern Boutique in Montreal. This offers a variety of rare wildlife items.
On the Facebook page of the Boutique, they publish photos and descriptions of various kinds of wildlife items for sale. With a boasting explanation of “ taking a little break from social media.” Rondeau transported all these items under the label of “Art Piece”.
It’s time to say ‘NO’ to these types of illegal businesses. Let us get together to protect wildlife in the future.
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