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Civil Guard of Valencia uncovers largest seizure of spur-thighed tortoises in Spain

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In a groundbreaking operation last April, the Civil Guard of Valencia has uncovered the largest seizure of spur-thighed tortoises on the peninsula, involving 229 specimens. Found on a property in Picassent, Valencia, without any documentation to prove their legal origin and possession, these protected animals are now being cared for at the Wildlife Recovery Centre of El Saler. The operation was led by the Seprona unit of the Civil Guard, following regulations such as the CITES Convention and the Spanish Catalogue of Endangered Species. A 50-year-old Spanish man is under investigation for a crime against flora and fauna. The proceedings have been forwarded to the Environmental Prosecutor’s Office of the Higher Court of Justice of the Valencian Community, highlighting the seriousness of crimes against protected species.

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