The Nature Protection and National Parks Department regional officers and the customs officers of Karkamis, in Turkey, have confiscated 838 European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) that were being smuggled to Syria.
Goldfinches were confiscated and the smuggler was fined 420,000 TL (roughly 100,000 Euros).
Remark: The article did not mentioned if the Goldfinches were dead or alive during seizure, but were most probably alive as this specie is very popular as cage bird in the Mediterranean and Middle-East
- Date of seizure: November 9, 2017
- Numbers of seized birds: 838
- Country: Turkey
- Species: Goldfinch