‘It is the best business’: the man who smuggled birds across Europe – Rights History
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‘It is the best business’: the man who smuggled birds across Europe

Stanislavas Huzhiavichus spent four months in jail for smuggling birds. Now he lifts the lid on the murky, wildly profitable illegal trade

There is no better crime than trafficking rare animals, according to Stanislavas Huzhiavichus.

“Smugglers of narcotics and weapons, they don’t know about the better business,” said the 30-year-old Ukrainian, a convicted smuggler of rare birds who is for the first time blowing the whistle on the methods of a globe-spanning multi-million-dollar illegal trade. “Of course, it’s the business with animals.”

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