Two years in prison for Mexican man who tried to take 11 protected Galapagos iguanas out of the islands
Posted On 14 Feb 2016
A judge in Ecuador sentenced a Mexican citizen to two years in prison and a fine of $ 24,000, he was captured in September when carrying 11 iguanas in his backpack, a protected species of Galapagos, reported Saturday the Ministry of Environment.
The man tried to get the animals out of the archipelago, the report said. Ecuador punishes with up to several years in prison those who capture or traffics endangered species.
The Galapagos archipelago, which inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, is a fragile ecosystem that is home to the largest number of endemic species on the planet. This natural reserve was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. (I)