Number of Wildlife Trafficking Violations at Louisville International Airport

Between 2003 and 2013, officials with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has cited over 3,500 violations of wildlife importations and the illegal trafficking of animal at the Louisville International Ariport in Kentucky.

Among the items seized by wildlife officials include sea tortoise shells, sperm whale tooth, Chinese alligator skin and dead snakes in bottles.

The airport is the world’s seventh largest cargo hub.

12,292 shipments of wildlife was examined at the airport by officials in 2012.

Source:  James Bruggers, “Monkey skin coats, endangered-snake wine among illegal wildlife trade through Louisville,” Courier-Journal, June 6, 2013.