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No. 136, 20 th June 2014

1. Vietnam: Risk that rare wildlife could go extinct because of conflicting law

SOURCE: – DATE: 9 th June 2014

New conflicting law makes it unclear how criminal violation of wildlife laws should be punished in Vietnam. Pursuant to Article 190, the Criminal Code 1990 (amended in 2009) and related legal documents, illegal hunting, killing, breeding, transporting, and trade of endangered wildlife species listed in group IB will be handled criminally. However, the issuance of a new decree, Decree 157 at the end of 2013, could result in ​​ these violations being handed administrative sanctions instead. According to Decree 157, illegal activities related to endangered wildlife species listed in Group IB, their products shall not be considered crime unless the exhibits are worth over 100 million dong ($4,688.39); breeding of endangered wildlife species is handled administratively. ATP NOTE: this means financial fines may potentially replace jail terms for those breaking the wildlife laws, with large sums of money involved in the trade this is a much weaker disincentive.

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2. Outdoors: Poaching very common in China, Southeast Asia

SOURCE: – DATE: 16 th June 2014

With an infusion of new money, China's cities offer just about anything you want, including rare and endangered species that are considered delicacies, symbols of status or traditional medicines. Traveling across China, Mark Blazis saw many wild animals for sale in food markets, including snakes and turtles. The latter have consequently been wiped out from much of Southeast Asia. It's clear that as long as China believes that animal parts can cure human health problems, wildlife will continue to be poached. As valuable animal populations plummet, demand for them will exceed supply, and prices will increase, accelerating their path to extinction.

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3. Florida, the USA: Man-made hazards threaten sea turtles

SOURCE: – DATE: 16 th June 2014

Sea turtles are one of the Earth's most ancient creatures, and because they are an endangered species they need the help of humans to stay alive. But man-made hazards are threatening sea turtles in Jacksonville Beach. Deep tire tracks near dunes and large pits dug by beachgoers are raising concerns for turtle safety.

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4. India: Turtles released into sea following rehab in Dubai

SOURCE: – DATE: 16 th June 2014

More than 100 critically endangered hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) found sick and injured on beaches were on Monday released back into the sea after being nurtured back to health in Dubai. The release, cheered on by beachgoers and schoolchildren, coincided with World Sea Turtle Day on the 16 th of June 2014. It also marked 10 years of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) of the Burj Al Arab hotel, which has rehabilitated and released almost 700 turtles.

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5. Bangladesh and India: Another banner year for the Sundarbans River Terrapin

SOURCE: – DATE: 17 th June 2014

For the third straight year, the survival prospects for one of the world's most endangered freshwater turtles, the Sundarbans River Terrapin (Batagur baska), have improved substantially. Recently we reported on a flurry of nesting activity at the breeding center at Bhawal National Park in Bangladesh, where six females laid clutches of eggs and produced a total of 48 hatchlings. Meanwhile in India, Shailendra Singh reports that 55 hatchling B. baska have emerged from three nests at the Sajnekhali facility in West Bengal. This brings the total production for 2014 to 103 hatchlings.

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6. China: Former basketball star Yao Ming calls for protection of sea turtles

SOURCE: – DATE: 17 th June 2014

Chinese basketball icon and environment advocate Yao Ming is now adding sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) to his list of endangered wildlife he is calling on the public to protect. The towering former Houston Rockets star recently joined charity staff and volunteers at a beach in Sanya, Hainan, China, releasing rescued green sea turtles into the ocean waters. The event, co-hosted by charity Sea Turtles 911 and Hainan Normal University in China' s southernmost Hainan province, aimed to expand conservation efforts and educate local people, many of whom view the animals as a source of seafood and jewellery.

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7. Thailand: Dead turtles, dolphins wash up at Phuket's Mai Khao Beach

SOURCE: – DATE: 18 th June 2014

Five turtles and two dolphins have died at Mai Khao Beach, Phuket, Thailand in the last month or so, with the majority left drowned or injured after they were caught in fishing nets. Kitiphat Sapkoon, Sea Turtle Conservation Centre Manage, said the turtles were Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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8. India: TSE scribe hands over tortoise to PFA

SOURCE: – DATE: June 18 2014

Thoubal Correspondent of The Sangai Express handed over a large Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys) to the volunteers of (People for Animals) PFA Thoubal on the 18 th of June 2014. This is the largest Asian tortoise species, a PFA press release said and added that this tortoise is considered as endangered by IUCN and included in Appendix-II of CITES. It is said that the scribe bought the tortoise which weighs around 10 kg at Rs 1500 ($25) from a labourer who works in Tamenglong, India. It would be released at a suitable site after it recovers from the injury, the press release added.

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9. Last of His Kind: The Pinta Island Tortoise Drops Out of Life and Goes Up on View at the Museum of Natural History

SOURCE: – DATE: 19 th June 2014

Lonesome George was the last member of the now extinct Pinta Island subspecies (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) of Galápagos tortoise. The giant reptile lived out his days at the Charles Darwin Research Station, where tireless researchers tried to coax him into coitus with eligible, genetically similar she-tortoises. These prospective mates were, no doubt, seductive as far as enormous, leathery behemoths go, but George snubbed them all. Lonesome George finally died in 2012, at around the age of 100.

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