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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

German Canines to Help Catch Smugglers


Amy, a German shepherd, and Uno, a Labrador retriever, have joined the team at {Frankfurt,} one of Europe's busiest airports — the first two dogs in Germany trained to sniff out live animals, plants or derivatives or remains of them.

The three-year-olds' debut is a joint effort between police and the World Wildlife Fund to help stop the illegal but lucrative trade in rare species — which the organization estimates is a $293 billion annual business....

They have been taught to focus on 16 specific smells including feathers, leathers, reptiles, caviar, coral, ivory and bone.

Incredible that illegal smuggling is estimated at $293 billion. That's huge.

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