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No. 38, 22nd July 2012


1. Quang Binh province, Vietnam: Quang Binh decides in favour of Quang Binh Chairman and People's Committee in turtle-trade case

SOURCE: - DATE: 20th July 2012

When the chairman of the People's Committee (PC) of Quang Binh fined the Tien Hau company for transporting 608 Chinese soft-shell turtles (Pelodiscus sinensis) without proper paperwork from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, the director of the company took the case to court (ATP bulletin No. 37). However, now the Quang Binh court decided that Quang Binh PC and its chairman were right to fine the company as the Tien Hau company did, in fact, not have proper paperwork for this transport.

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

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2. Nghe An Province, Vietnam: The authority caught an illegal animal shipment

SOURCE: Thanh Niên Online; - DATE: 18th July 2012

On the 17th of July 2012, patrols on duty on the Ho Chi Minh trail through Thanh Chuong district found a truck carrying 2 tons of wildlife, including 252 monitors, 90 yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), 32 orange-headed temple turtles (Heosemys grandis) and 25 Chinese rat snakes. At this time, the case is still being investigated while the animals are kept under custody by the authorities.

Link 1 to this web article online (Vietnamese)

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3. Taiwan, China: Taiwan stops endangered turtles from becoming Chinese meal

SOURCE: Times Live; - DATE: 24th May 2012

The coast guard in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung have stopped a shipment of 811 endangered turtles thought to be headed to Chinese restaurants across the strait, according to local media on Thursday. The shipment included two species – the Chinese box turtle (Cuora flavomarginata) and the yellow pond turtle (Mauremys mutica), which are both listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently, all of the turtles are alive and healthy. Many Chinese believe eating turtle soup boosts longevity, since turtles themselves tend to have very long lives. Each turtle would fetch about 2,110 Chinese yuan (334 USD) in China, according to the local Liberty Times.

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4. India: Rare turtle rescued, two arrested

SOURCE: Business Standard; - DATE: 17th July 2012

Delhi Police claimed to have rescued a rare Indian softshell turtle (Nilssonia gangetica) from two people who were in the search for a buyer for the animal. A growing demand for dry meat of this species encourages smugglers to export animals clandestinely to China. According to the police dealing with the case, the market price for an Indian softshell turtle would be above Rs five lakh ($8,922). On the directions of a local court, the animal was set free in Yamuna river.

ATP NOTE: The price for Indian softshell turtles mentioned in this article seems high. Lakh is a a unit in the South Asian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand. So, 5 lakh are 500,000 Rs which equals $8922

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5. Singapore: Rare turtle mistaken for road blemish found hurt near Botanic Gardens

SOURCE: China Post; - DATE: 17th July 2012

When Mrs. Catherine Jones was driving down Tyersall Avenue (Singapore) behind the Botanic Gardens last month, she spotted a large lump in the road, which turned out to be a large turtle nearly half-a-meter wide, with a cracked shell. When she took the injured animal to the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society's (Acres) Wildlife Rescue Center, staff there identified the turtle was a rare wattle-necked softshell turtle (Palea steindachneri), a species not native to Singapore but to China, Vietnam and Laos. The only two reptiles allowed as pets in Singapore are the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) and Malayan box turtle (Cuora amboinensis) and it was assumed that the injured softshell turtle most likely was an illegal alien as reptiles are among the most commonly-sold illegal creatures in the pet and food trades in Singapore. The wattle-necked softshell turtle found by Mrs. Jones was given medical treatment but died shortly after from its injuries.

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6. Philippines: Rescued sea turtles from Chinese poachers' net

SOURCE: - DATE 14th July 2012

Philippine authorities rescued 14 protected sea turtles that were caught in a net laid down by Chinese poachers in a remote area off the western island of Palawan. However one sea turtle was already dead when a joint team from the navy and the environment department arrived and removed the net to set the turtles free. Chinese fishermen poaching in Philippine waters have become an issue in recent months as Chinese fishermen enter the area frequently to hunt turtles. Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail.

Link 1 to this web article online (English)

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7. China: Man hit by flying turtle

SOURCE: Austrian Times; - DATE: 21st July 2012

Yao Chen, a noodle seller, was chatting to customers outside his restaurant in Chongqing, southwest China, when a foot-long turtle fell around 40 feet from a flat above, hitting him on the foot and breaking his big toe. The turtle, which had crawled out of its cage and over the window ledge of its owner's sixth floor flat, had to be put down due to its injuries.

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