Border Guard Bangladesh Seizes 2.5kg Snake VenomWorth Tk3 Crore

Border Guard Bangladesh seized 2.5kg of snake venom worth Tk3 crore in Dinajpur district on May 10, 2024. The operation highlights the BGB's efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and protect Bangladesh's biodiversity.

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Border Guard Bangladesh Seizes 2.5kg Snake VenomWorth Tk3 Crore

Border Guard Bangladesh Seizes 2.5kg Snake VenomWorth Tk3 Crore

In a significant operation, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 2.5 kilograms of snake venom worth Tk3 crore (approximately USD 35,000) in the Ucha Gobindpur area of Dinajpur district on Friday, May 10, 2024. The substantial haul highlights the ongoing efforts of the BGB to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and protect Bangladesh's biodiversity.

Why this matters: The illegal wildlife trade poses a significant threat to the survival of various species and ecosystems, and the seizure of snake venom highlights the need for continued efforts to combat this trade. Furthermore, the unregulated use of snake venom can have serious health risks, making it essential to disrupt the illegal supply chain.

Acting on a tip-off, a team from BGB-20 conducted a drive in the early morning hours in the Ucha Gobindpur area of Birampur Upazila, Dinajpur. During the operation, they confiscated the snake venom, which was stored in two jars. "The seized snake venom weighed around 2.5kg," confirmed Lt Col Nahid Newaz, Battalion Commander (Ordnance) of BGB-20.

Despite the successful seizure, no arrests were made as the smugglers managed to flee the scene, sensing the presence of the BGB. The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in apprehending those involved in the illegal wildlife trade.

Snake venom is a highly valued commodity in the illegal wildlife market, with its demand driven by its use in traditional medicines, cosmetics, and even as a recreational drug. The trade in snake venom not only poses a threat to the survival of various snake species but also raises concerns about potential health risks associated with its unregulated use.

Bangladesh, with its rich biodiversity, has become a target for wildlife smugglers seeking to exploit the country's natural resources. TheBorder Guard Bangladesh, tasked with securing the nation's borders, plays a crucial role in intercepting illegal wildlife shipments and disrupting the operations of smuggling networks.

The successful operation in Dinajpur exemplifies the BGB's commitment to combating wildlife crime. By seizing the snake venom before it could be smuggled out of the country, the BGB has dealt a significant blow to the illegal wildlife trade and sent a strong message to those engaged in such activities.

As the fight against wildlife trafficking continues, the Border Guard Bangladesh remains vigilant in its efforts to protect the nation's biodiversity. The seizure of 2.5kg of snake venom worth Tk3 crore in Dinajpur on May 10, 2024, stands as a testament to their dedication and effectiveness in curbing this illegal trade.