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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 204, 16th October 2015

1. Vietnam: Large-number wild animal traps seized in Quang Binh province
SOURCE: dtinews.vn – DATE: 12th October 2015

On the 11th of October 2015, the Management Board of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh province, Vietnam said that a large number of wild animal traps had been found in the area of the park. Park rangers detained 11 individuals involving three large illegal trapping cases. They also seized nearly a dozen trapped rare animals including 5 Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphrodites), 1 Chinese ferret-badger (Melogale moschata), 4 Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii),1 Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera); trapping tools and wild animal remains.

Doan Thanh Binh of the Legislation and Investigation Department under the Park’s Range Unit said measures were being taken to prevent wild animal hunting and handle violators during the eighth and ninth months of the lunar year.

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wildlife seized in Quang Binh

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13 sacks of wildlife seized in Quang Ngai

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2. Quang Ngai province, Vietnam: Confiscation of wildlife in central Vietnam
SOURCE: xaluan.com – DATE: 13th October 2015

At approximately 8:30AM on the 12th of October 2015, on National Highway 1A crossing Mo Duc district, Quang Ngai province in central Vietnam, Quang Ngai Police detected a car (plated 77L – 3015) driven by Nguyen Quoc Viet (born 1982) residing in Nhon Phu ward, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province with 13 sacks of snakes, turtles and weasels. The driver got these animals from a couple at Bong Son town, Hoai Nhon ward, Binh Dinh Province to transport to Mo Duc, Quang Ngai with the price of 250,000 VND (about $11.00).

ATP NOTE: This shipment included four endangered Keeled Box Turtles (Cuora mouhotii). Attempts are being made to have these animals transferred to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park.

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yellow margined box turtle

© Chen Tien-hsi

sea turtle

© Chen Tien-hsi

3. Taiwan: Safe Havens for Slow Movers

SOURCE: taiwantoday.tw - DATE: 1st October 2015
Government agencies and conservationists step up efforts to protect Taiwan’s turtles.

In response to declines in terrestrial turtle populations, the government has accelerated its conservation efforts over the past three years. In December 2013, Taiwan established its 19th wildlife refuge which is located around the Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, and aimed at protecting Yellow-margined Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata) and Asian Yellow Pond Turtles (Mauremys mutica). The institutions such as the KBCC, Taipei Zoo or National Chung Hsing University with their skilled veterinarians have been taken in and cared for smuggled turtles before they are released into the wild.

Sea turtles have been the main focus of government conservation efforts for decades. The Council of Agriculture (COA) established the Penghu Wangan Island Green Turtle Refuge in 1995, the sixth of what has since become 20 wildlife refuges in Taiwan. Last year saw the emergence of a new shelter at the Centre for Aquatic Organisms Research and Conservation in northern Taiwan. Also, Taiwan did complete a national reporting system on any turtle spotted in or around Taiwan.

Remarkably, the society has been showing a stronger support for wildlife conservation efforts.

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4. Pakistan: WWF-Pakistan, Sindh Wildlife Department rescue 62 vulnerable tortoises & turtles

SOURCE: arynews.tv – DATE: 13th October 2015

A joint team of WWF-Pakistan and Sindh Wildlife Department on Tuesday rescued 62 vulnerable tortoises and freshwater turtles which were later released at Hub Dam near Khar Centre in the Kirthar National Park (Sindh, Pakistan).

The reptiles were discovered struggling for life by the roadside of the EBM Causeway in Korangi Industrial area (Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan). Twenty-five reptiles were found dead, possibly crushed under traffic. Possibly, these turtles and tortoises were discarded by illegal wildlife traders, who in fear of strict vigilance from the Sindh Wildlife Department abandoned them under the cover of darkness in this area.

Both species of the rescued reptiles i.e. Afghan or Central Asian Tortoise (Testudo horsfieldii) and Black Pond Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii) are  categorized as vulnerable under the IUCN Red list and are also protected as they are included in the Second Schedule of the Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance 1972.

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62 turtles rescued in Pakistan

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62 turtles rescued in Pakistan

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5. Tesco ends turtle trade: Chain's Chinese stores stop selling reptiles as a delicacy after complaints from campaigners 
SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk – DATE: 13th October 2015

Tesco's supermarket chain stops selling softshell turtles, most likely Chinese Softshell Turtles (Pelodiscus sinensis), in their Chinese stores. The company has bowed to pressure from animal welfare campaigners who accused the retailer of putting profit before animal welfare.

ATP NOTE: as these are most likely farm raised animals this is more of a welfare issue than a conservation issue but still very positive to see.

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6. Two men jailed for 15 months each for trying to smuggle 206 endangered turtles through Singapore
SOURCE: todayonline.com – DATE: 14th October 2015

On the 9th of July 2015, two Russian nationals were detained after their exotic stash was detected by a Certis CISCO aviation security officer at Singapore’s Changi Airport. The men were trying to smuggling 206 live turtles from Bangladesh to Surabaya, Indonesia by placing and hiding these turtles in four luggage bags lined with diapers and cloth to absorb their excreted waste. The turtles were found dehydrated and in poor condition. They have been identified as Black Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii), which is endangered and protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), estimated to be worth S$90,000, equivalent to US$65,000. Twenty-seven of them have since died or had to put down for welfare reasons. The remaining turtles are under the care of Wildlife Reserves Singapore. On the 14th of October 2015, the men were each sentenced to 15 months’ jail for the attempted smuggling.

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men jailed for smuggling turtles through Singapore

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men jailed for smuggling turtles through Singapore

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