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No. 255, 7th October 2016

turtle confiscation


1. Pakistan: Over 300 freshwater turtles seized, four suspects held
SOURCE: – DATE: 1st October 2016

In another major breakthrough, the wild­life department confiscated more than 300 live fresh­water turtles on Thurs­day evening (29th September 2016) and arrested four men in Shaheed Benazir­abad district (Sindh Province, Pakistan).

Speaking to the website, Dawn, officials said the turtles, identified as Black Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii), were seized during a search of a vehicle at a checkpoint within the wildlife sanctuary located in Deh Akro II (Sindh Province, Pakistan).

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2. Vietnam: confiscation of nearly 100 wild animals in Thai Binh province
SOURCE: - DATE: 6th October 2016

On the 4th of October 2016, Economic police of Thai Binh province, northern Vietnam, stopped a truck with two individuals (Ngô Văn Hạnh and Lê Anh Đức) from Quang Binh Province. In the vehicle they found 61 Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) and 37 Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum). All the animals were transferred to Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province by Thai Binh Forest Protection Department (FPD) and the Police. As a species often found in fast flowing mountain streams and waterfalls, the confiscation of these animals in the lowland coastal province of Thai Binh suggests the animals were being transported north towards Mong Cai town, Quang Ninh province, a major border crossing point between Vietnam and China.

The Big-headed Turtle is considered endangered on the IUCN red-list 2015 and protected under Vietnamese national law, Decree 32/2006 ND-CP as well as listed in Appendix I by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). All the turtles are now being cared for at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong with the support of the Asian Turtle Program (ATP), fish hooks have already been found in a number of individuals and they will likely need surgeries.

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turtle & pangolin confiscation

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WCS training

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3. Vietnam: Enforcement training on wildlife protection
SOURCE: – DATE: 17th September 2016

From 13th to 16th September 2016, in Da Lai city, Lam Dong province, Vietnam, Forest Protection Department of Region IV and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) collaborated to hold the enforcement training on wildlife protection. 29 law enforcement officials from Forest Protection Department, Border Guards of Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Binh Phuoc province, Forest Protection Department of Region III and Region IV attended the training.

Lecturers from the Ministry of Justice, Forest Protection Department of Region IV, Academy of People's Security, Southern Institute of Ecology, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, Asian Turtle Program (ATP) and WCS equipped participants with valuable knowledge on wildlife conservation through visual teaching methods, practical training, teamwork and discussions.

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