France seizes 2,000 dead seahorses on Guinea-Vietnam route

Dead seahorses - Endangered Species exhibition at London Zoo, 12 Sep 2011 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Seahorses were among wildlife shown at an endangered species exhibition in London in 2011

French customs officials have seized about 2,000 dead seahorses - a protected species - in parcels from Guinea that were destined for Vietnam.

Seahorses are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites).

But they find ready markets in Vietnam and China, where they are ground up to make supposed aphrodisiacs.

In February 2015 French officials seized some 19,000 seahorses en route from Madagascar to Hong Kong.

Customs at Chilly-Mazarin, in the Paris region, said several parcels of dead seahorses had been intercepted in July and August. Sent from Conakry in Guinea, they had been stuffed into plastic bags and were bound for Hanoi.

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