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No. 268, 6th January 2017

1. Yemen: Slaughter of rare turtles in Yemen 'alarming'
SOURCE: - DATE: 1st January 2017

Hundreds of endangered turtles have been killed in recent weeks, with some sold to restaurant customers as goat meat.

At least 250 critically endangered turtles in a national protectorate in Yemen have been killed by humans within the past month, according to area residents and officials.

Sharma Protectorate, a nesting place for rare Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), is a two-hour drive east of Mukalla, the capital of Yemen's eastern Hadramout province. Visitors to the protectorate have been wreaking havoc: snatching one turtle after another, slaughtering them, taking their meat and leaving behind eggs and viscera to decay.

"The killing of the turtles has increased at an alarming scale," Sheikh Amen Bakhwar, a turtle conservationist and the head of the Environment Friends Association in Addis al-Sharqia district, told Al Jazeera.

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2. Singapore: 'Sliced' sea turtle found dead on Singapore beach
SOURCE: - DATE: 3rd January 2017

Singaporean animal lover Chandran V R witnessed a "very unsettling" sight at the start of his new year.

On the morning of the 1st of January, he discovered a dead and endangered sea turtle which looked like it had been "sliced into half", apparently by a boats propeller.

The 46-year-old real estate managing director told the BBC News that he found the carcass washed ashore on a remote part of Changi beach on the north-east of the island, near a ferry terminal. Mr Chandran said an "overpowering smell" first caught his attention. The creature was not moving but had a deep open gash across its body, though its head and flippers were intact.

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3. Vietnam: endangered sea turtle released back to nature
SOURCE: – DATE: 4th January 2017

On the morning of the 4th of January 2016, representative of Forest Protection Unit of Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province, Vietnam said that functional agencies just released a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) back to the sea. The turtle was 7kg in weight and 50 cm in length had been found stranded on the shore by a fisherman.

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4. Governments are not doing enough to stop wildlife crime
SOURCE: – DATE: 5th January 2017

A scathing new report shows that key countries affected by wildlife crime have failed to halt poaching and illegal trafficking of endangered animals as a result of widespread corruption and inadequate law enforcement, thus putting increasing numbers of species at risk of extinction.

Wildlife crime – a multi-billion dollar a year business run by large international syndicates – remains a high-profit, low-risk venture, largely because of inaction on the part of governments who have publicly committed themselves to end the crisis but have failed to turn their obligations into effective results. That's the key finding of a newly released report by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

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