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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 27, 22nd April 2012


1. Bangladesh: Bangladeshi customs agents seize 400 tortoises smuggled in three suitcases

SOURCE: baotintuc.vn
DATE: 17th April 2012

Bangladeshi customs agents seized more than 300 Indian star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) and 115 turtles of different species being smuggled in three suitcases through the country's main airport on Tuesday. Two Indian citizens were arrested in connection with the seizure at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital, Dhaka. The animals, worth an estimated three million Bangladeshi taka ($37,000) on the black market, will be kept at a conservation center.

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2. Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam: Market for bush meat in HCM city

SOURCE: phapluatvn.vn
DATE: 20th April 2012

Along Road No.3 in Binh Tan Ward of HCM city, there are many booths on the side of the road, forming a ‘small market' for special goods. Vendors sell all kinds of bush meat such as wild boar, mountain goat, deer, weasels, birds, snakes, tortoises, porcupines and the list goes on. ”Of course I know it's illegal but no one interferes, why should I stop?” one of the venders said. He added “Most of the wildlife comes from Nam Cat Tien Forest (Cat Tien National Park)”.

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3. Los Angeles: The owner of the largest two-headed animals in the world

SOURCE: vtc.vn
DATE: 17th April 2012

Todd Ray, a former music producer and Grammy award winner, is the owner of the world's largest collection of double-headed, or dicephalic, animals. As of now, he owns 22 living two-headed animals and the world's only living three-headed creature: a turtle named Myrtle, Squirtle, and Thirdle. According to the Guinness Book of World Records' website, he has spent over $157,000 on his acquisitions.

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4.  Ha Noi city, Vietnam: Prophecy of death after eating a sacred turtle

SOURCE: tienphong.vn
DATE: 20th April 2012

Driven to desperation by hunger, nine villagers in La Xuyen, in Ha Noi's Ba Vi district ate a sacred turtle that had been living happily for some years in the village pond. The turtle had been blessed after thieves threw a statue of Buddha they had stolen from a local pagoda into the pond, wrongly thinking it was of no material value. When rumor of the nine villagers' actions spread, a local wizard, or shaman, announced that all those who had defiled the sacred flesh would be dead within 49 days. However, the village headman later told a reporter that only two of the nine villagers who had dined on the revered turtle had subsequently died. It was also pointed out that one of the two deceased had had a congenital heart condition, while the other was an octogenarian with a serious spinal disease. According to information from local people, the turtle had two red stripes next to its eyes, and it was in fact an invasive species: the red-eared sliding turtle (Trachyemys scripta elegans).


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5. Vietnam: Turtle shell can cause miscarriages.

SOURCE: phununet.com
DATE: 24th April 2012

Although some people claim that it is healthy to consume the carapaces of turtles and especially beneficial for the kidney, however, there is some evidence that the consumption of turtle carapaces might increase the risk of miscarriages

ATP NOTE: this article does not give sources to the information

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