Italians seize 20,000 banned tortoises

Endangered tortoises illegally imported into Italy from US

source: Guardian August 10 2000 p15

A cargo of 20,000 endangered red-cheek tortoises, a few days old, has been found by Italian police at Rome airport, Italy. The tortoises were illegally imported from Louisiana, and had been purchased by a wholesaler in Turin, Italy, who may be prosecuted. The tortoises are to go to a WWF sanctuary.