Bag made of entire iguana seized from British tourist

August 4th, 2012 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 4 (IANS) A British woman, returning from a trip to Morocco, was stopped at a British airport after a handbag made out of an entire iguana - complete with its head and claws - was found in her possession.

Border agency officials confiscated the woman’s handbag at Cardiff airport as the iguana is on the list of endangered animals and it is illegal to bring into Britain products made out of its skin, the Daily Mail reported.

The body of the lizard had been stretched out into a satchel, while its head was turned into a clasp and the claws used for decoration.

Fashion lovers have been warned not to pick up animal skin bags at markets while on exotic holidays.

Alex Lawther, assistant director of the Border Force in Wales, told holidaymakers “don’t do it”. He said tourists could also face a criminal conviction.

Around 5,000 species of animals and 29,000 species of plants are protected by a global trade treaty - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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