More than 1,400 animal parts intended for witchcraft rituals and amulets from retailers have been seized in the capital Bogota, officers revealed.
During the raid, authorities discovered 442 snake rattles, 128 mammal tooth, 23 tapir hooves, a cat skull, toucan heads and 12 necklaces fabricated from monkey appendages, in addition to numerous animal skins.
The parts discovered for sale in Bogota’s central La Candelaria neighborhood got here from animals captured in the Amazon or different areas of Colombia – the world’s second most-biodiverse nation, after Brazil.
“These objects were mainly used for rituals and worship by people who procured them illegally,” Bogota’s under-secretary of atmosphere Oscar Lopez advised reporters.
He added that authorities additionally seized seeds that had been collected from pure forests with out permission.