Dozens of falcons have been found hidden in the back of a lorry as smugglers attempted to transport them across the Hatta border.
The birds were discovered concealed behind boxes of vegetables when the vehicle was stopped and inspected by border officials.
They were handed over to the veterinary quarantine department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
“Dubai Customs spares no efforts to protect all endangered animals and plants from the hazards of these rogue activities,” Humaid Al Rasheed, director of Land Customs Centres Management at Dubai Customs.
“To cross the borders, all animals have to have official documents, otherwise, they will be handed over to the ministry of Climate Change and Environment for further legal procedures.”
During the first half of 2021, Hatta border inspectors seized 44 cargoes as almost 24,000 lorries crossed into the country.