Found in Valencia the largest illegal collection of stuffed animals in Spain for 29 million euros

The civil Guard has found the largest illegal collection of stuffed animals in Spain and one of the largest in Europe in Bétera (Valencia). The Armed Institute is investigating, within the framework of the ‘Valcites’ operation, one of the children of the well-known Valencian businessman Ros Casaresas already reported Raise-EMVa medium that belongs to the same editorial group as this newspaper, this week, for the crimes of smuggling and another related to the protection of flora and fauna.

in operation 1090 stuffed specimens have been foundwhat it means one of the largest European collections of taxidermy and the most numerous found in our country, as reported by the Meritorious this Sunday in a note.

The operation began last November and has been carried out by the Nature Protection Team of the Valencia Civil Guard Command, after receiving information that there could be a large private collection of stuffed animals in Bétera.

CITES protected animals

The investigation led the agents to inspect a 50,000-square-meter plot of land that housed a house and two warehouses inside. Inside these, the civil guards found 1,090 specimens, of which 405 belong to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

This international agreement regulates the purchase-sale or importation of animals and plants and its purpose is that their trade does not threaten the survival of the species in their natural environment. The name with which the Civil Guard has baptized the operation (‘Valcites’) seems to maintain a clear relationship with this natural protection treaty.

Extinct animals

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Among the 1090 stuffed specimens in the extensive taxidermy collection that evidences the passion for hunting of the son of the well-known Valencian businessman, the Civil Guard agents found 405 animals belonging to CITES but, in addition, extinct species in the wild such as the oryx dammah (an African antelope) or critically endangered such as the addax, an animal included in the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as it is less than 100 individuals in their natural habitat.

Among the hunting trophies, there are others such as the Bengal tiger, the only feline with striped fur whose conservation status is also in danger of extinction in its natural habitat, areas of India, Nepal or Burma. One of the main threats to these animals is precisely the fact that they are poached to hoard them as trophies.

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