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No. 161, 12th December 2014

1. Skin-eating Asian 'BS fungus' threatens to wipe out world’s salamanders

SOURCE: – DATE: 12th November 2014
A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent’s native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America.

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Skin eating Asian BS fungus


2. China: Illegal wildlife trading rampant on Web

SOURCE: - DATE: 27th November 2014
China has become the largest market for illegal wildlife trading with a huge number of related animal products being sold online, according to a new report by a major animal welfare group.
At least 18,590 animal products were for sale online in the country at the beginning of 2014, the International Fund for Animal Welfare reported on Tuesday. Of the 21 online marketplaces monitored in China, wildlife products valued at $2.7 million were available for sale from March 10 to April 18.
China was the leading country in the online trade of wild animals, followed by Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany and the UK, according to the IFAW report.

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3. The USA: Man sent to federal prison for turtle smuggling

SOURCE: – DATE: 5th December 2014
A Southern California man has been sentenced to federal prison on charges of attempting to smuggle nearly four dozen turtles to Hong Kong.
Thirty-six-year-old Kwong Wa Cheung was sentenced Tuesday to two months in federal prison. After his release, he will be supervised for two years and required to perform 500 hours of community service at an animal shelter.  U.S. District Judge John Walter also ordered Cheung to pay a $12,000 fine.
Prosecutors say Cheung brought three boxes carrying 46 turtles and tortoises to a San Gabriel post office. He used a fake name and address on the packages and claimed toys were inside. Postal workers were suspicious and refused to ship the packages.  A postal inspector later opened one of the packages and discovered one of the turtles decomposing.

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turtle released in Kolleru Lake

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4. India: Turtle smuggling racket busted


SOURCE: – DATE: 7th December 2014
More than 800 Indian Soft-shelled Turtles (Nilssonia gangetica), were seized and released into Kolleru lake, Andhra Pradesh, India. On a tip-off, officials, headed by Kaikalur Range Officer A. Sunil Kumar and Forest Beat Officer B. Rajesh, raided a private plot at Venkatapuram in Kalidindi mandal, where over 800 turtles were packed in 13 gunny bags. The turtles were reportedly collected from ponds and canals and were being transported to Odisha and Bihar. According to locals, the turtles would have been meant for consumption or preparation of drugs

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30 wildlife recused

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5. Vietnam: Only 30 wild animals recused alive from a warehouse of Lao Bao Border Gate

SOURCE: – DATE: 10th December 2014
On the 10th of December, Cuc Phuong National Park Rescue Centre received 65 kg of wildlife (1 turtle, 1 tortoise, 21 snakes, 7 pangolins) from Lao Bao Border Gate. This wildlife is the remaining from 120 kg seized at Lao Bao Border Gate in a wildlife trafficking case from Laos on the 27th of November. After several days being kept at the warehouse of Lao Bao Border Gate, only half of the wildlife is still alive and is sent to Cuc Phuong National Park Rescue Centre.  ATP Note the turtles included a Asiatic Softshell Turtle (Amyda cartillaginea) and a Striped-necked Leaf Turtle (Cyclemys oldamii) both of which are now in quarantine at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park.

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6. Vietnam: Difficulties in handling seized wildlife

SOURCE: - DATE: 11th December 2014
The current legislation in Vietnam is creating difficulties in the handling of confiscated wildlife from illicit transportation and  trading cases. Captain Tran Trong Binh, Deputy Director of Environmental Crime Prevention Police, said it’s hard to treat wildlife crime as criminal offenses. A lot of cases related to IIB group species (Decree 32/2006/NĐ-CP) were discovered with very large amount, but cannot be prosecuted because the IIB group was not specified in the Criminal Codes. Otherwise, in decree 157/2013/NĐ-CP, a criminal prosecution can be considered if the consequences exceed the maximum administrative penalty of VND500 million ($23,809). However, the basis for determining the value of the exhibits is not regulated, leading to shortcomings in the handling of radical violations relating to IIB species.

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