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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 159, 28th November 2014


1. Indonesia: Bali Police thwart sea turtle smuggling

SOURCE: thejakartapost.com – DATE: 20th November 2014
The Bali Police, Indonesia, have thwarted an attempt to smuggle 51 sea turtles, allegedly worth a total of Rp 150 million (US$12,346), onto the resort island Tuesday night. Six people have been arrested in the case and face a maximum 5-year prison term.
Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu said all the suspects would be charged with violating the 1990 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation Law and could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million (US$8,211). “We allege that they planned to sell the turtles to be eaten,” he said.
ATP NOTE: the species is unknown.

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2. Bangladesh: 499 tortoises seized in Magura

SOURCE: thedailystar.net - DATE: 20th November 2014
Police seized 499 pieces of tortoises and 36 kilogrammes of hemp in Salikha upazila of Magura, South-Western Bangladesh this morning.
The law enforcers also detained Rafiqul Islam, 35, a resident of Harinathpur village in Sharsha upazila of Jessore, Khulna, Bangladesh, in this connection, reports our Jhenidah correspondent.
A police team led by Biplob Kumar Nath, officer-in-charge of Salikha Police Station, intercepted a private car carrying Rafiqul at Singa Bazar and seized the tortoise and hemp after searching the vehicle, the OC said.
ATP NOTE: Spotted Pond Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) is shown on the picture

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Bangladesh turtle seizure
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3. Philippines fines Chinese fishermen US$102,000 each for turtle poaching

SOURCE: scmp.com – DATE: 24th Novmeber 2014
A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen US$102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial stand-off between the two sides. Whereas, Beijing said the fines imposed by a Philippine court on nine Chinese fishermen for catching sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea have violated its sovereignty, in the latest row between the two countries over territory.
After three months of trial, Judge Ambrosio de Luna found the fishermen guilty of poaching in Philippine waters and of illegal possession of endangered green sea turtles.
It was not immediately clear how the fishermen would find the funds to pay the fines, but they face six months’ jail if they fail to pay up, time already served, suggesting they could even be released.

ATP NOTE: ATP Note the total fine for the fishermen involved would total 9x102,000 = $US 918,000.

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Chinese turtle seizure
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4. Scotland: Tortoise spent 18 hours duct-taped inside cereal box after London Gumtree seller posts animal to Scotland

SOURCE: dailyrecord.co.uk – DATE: 24th November 2014
A MAN ordered a tortoise online – and it arrived duct taped inside a cereal box. It spent 18 hours in transit after he bought it from a dealer in London on the Gumtree website.
The new owner from Wormit, Fife, said: “ I was shocked that an animal could be treated in this way. He said: “I immediately phoned the Scottish SPCA because I was shocked that anyone would treat an animal in this way.
European law states that when moving animals, you must transport them in a way you won’t unnecessary suffering or injury. A Scottish SPCA spokesman said: "An incident such as this would cause an animal unnecessary suffering.
"This is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can face a fine of up to £20,000 ($31,580) up to 12 months in prison or both."

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5. Dominican Republic: Dominican Navy nabs 2 Chinese with protected sea turtle shells

SOURCE: dominicantoday.com – DATE: 25th November 2014
The Navy on Monday reported the arrest of two Chinese nationals, with four sacks filled with shells of sea turtles, a protected species in the Dominican Republic. The men were apprehended Sunday at a military checkpoint in the village of Copei (northwest), Manzanillo township, the Navy said in a press release. It adds that the arrests were the result of an investigation into the smuggling of the shells near the municipality, acquired illegally in the bay of Estero Alza.

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turtle tree of life
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6. Using Turtle Tree Of Life Shows Close Relationship To Dinosaurs And Crocodiles

SOURCE: redorbit.com – DATE: 26th Novmeber 2014
Using state-of-the-art genetic sequencing techonology, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences have found that turtles are actually more closely related to crocodiles and dinosaurs than they are to lizards.
A new study published in the Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution journal called for turtles to be placed in a new group  of  vertebrates called “Archelosauria,” along with crocodiles, dinosaurs and birds.

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7. The USA: Not so pretty in pink! Stop painting turtles, wildlife experts urge
SOURCE: wtvr.com – DATE: 26th November 2014
Please stop painting turtles. That is the message The Wildlife Center of Virginia has for people who might find a turtle wandering through their yard. The center posted that message online this week after a Lynchburg woman found an adult Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) covered in pink latex paint. To hammer home its point, the center created Wilson’s “Turtle Promise.” It urged people to leave turtles alone and not to keep a wild turtle as a pet.

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