AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Around 2,000 baboon noses were found in an abandoned suitcase at Amsterdam airport after they started to stink, officials said Wednesday.
The noses were en route from Lagos to the United States, apparently intended for an immigrant market.
Baboons are protected under international law. Their noses are used in traditional medicine in parts of Asia and Africa.
Dutch customs police discovered the suitcase at a baggage claim last week. They turned the case over to Agriculture Ministry's Inspection Service, which said it had several leads that may help it track down the culprits.
"We assume these animals were killed, and we have to prevent something like this from happening again," spokesman Louis Steens said. He said the noses had been destroyed.
Dutch customs finds 2,000 baboon noses in suitcase
Published: Fri Sep 05, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:19 p.m.