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No. 240, 24th June 2016

1. Vietnam: Two Indochinese Box Turtles confiscated in Hanoi.
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd June 2016

At about 10:30 on the 22nd of June 2016, when patrolling an area near the National Economics University, Hanoi, the Police detected a man carrying a bag showing abnormal signs. Upon investigation, they confiscated 2 Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora galbinifrons) and an Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata). The suspect, Tran Ten Dung, born in 1994, a resident in Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province, confessed he had bought three turtles from a local villager in Quang Binh at the price of VND 1.3million ($60). He travelled to Hanoi to sell the turtles to a customer near the National Economics University. The case is under further investigation.

ATP NOTE: No further information on the condition of the turtles has been provided. Indotestudo elongata is fully protected under Decree 32/2006/ND-CP while Cuora galbinifrons in protected under Decree 160/2013/ND-CP.

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two cuora galbinifrons and one Indotestudo elongata


turtles live in poor condition


2. The USA: 400 birds, turtles seized in Bellmore animal cruelty case
SOURCE: – DATE: 21st June 2016

Approximately 400 animals, mostly birds and turtles, were seized from a home Tuesday (21st June 2016) in what is being called Nassau County's largest animal seizure.

Nassau County SPCA spokesman Gary Rogers said officers with the Animal Crime Unit executed a search warrant at the home on Ocean Avenue in Bellmore (Nassau County, New York, the USA) Tuesday morning and found the animals living in unsanitary conditions.

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3. Papua New Guinea: Conservation program aims to protect the pig-nosed turtle from extinction
SOURCE: – DATE: 16th June 2016

The pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), also known as the pitted-shelled turtle or Fly River turtle, is found only in northern Australia and southern Papua New Guinea. The freshwater turtle has paddle-shaped flippers like a marine turtle and a pig-like nose.

Numbers have declined steeply in the past 30 years, and researchers have discovered that is probably because of demand for its eggs and meat by Indigenous people in Papua New Guinea and habitat loss and degradation in Australia.

To protect the species, a conservation program called the Piku Project has been introduced in the Kikori region of Papua New Guinea. The program encourages community members to monitor their own levels of harvest and define no-take zones for turtles and eggs.

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pig-nosed turtles

© Y. Amepou

4. Canada: 36 baby Blanding's turtles released into Rouge National Urban Park
The baby turtles were introduced to their new home in Canada's largest urban park to promote the species’ conservation
SOURCE: - DATE: 22nd June 2016

The Toronto Zoo, Parks Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority set 36 baby Blanding’s turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) free into the Rouge National Urban Park on Tuesday. Blanding’s turtles are a species that’s provincially and nationally threatened. They were introduced to their new home in Canada's largest urban park to promote the species’ conservation.

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Blanding's turtle

© Toronto Zoo

loggerhead sea turtle

© Green Area

5. Lebanon: Horrifying pictures show loggerhead turtle hauled from the sea so tourists can take selfies... as the threatened species is 'beaten with a stick'
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd June 2016

A Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) was discovered on a beach in Lebanon last week after tourists hauled the animal from the water to take selfies. 

The animal was swimming in water near Havana Beach in Beirut, Lebanon last Thursday (16th June 2016), when according to witnesses a beach-goer pulled it out of the sea before throwing it on the sand. A crowd then gathered around the animal to take photos, as it was trodden on and, according to a witness, allegedly beaten with a stick.

Fortunately, two passers-by noticed the defenceless animal, which is on the threatened species list, and took it to a safe area where they contacted the environmental organisation GreenArea International to arrange a rescue. From there, animal charity Animals Lebanon was able to pick up the turtle and bring it back to their headquarters, where it is currently being rehabilitated.

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