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No. 39, 29th July 2012


1. Indonesia: Wildlife Market Surveys

SOURCE: Turtle Conservancy; - DATE: 18th July, 2012

Last month, a Turtle Conservancy Team met with Chris Shepherd of Traffic Southeast Asia to conduct surveys of the wildlife markets in Jakarta, Indonesia. The goal was to document Ploughshare Tortoises being sold. 49 chelonian species documented during this four-day survey include: Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) , Central American Mud Turtle (Kinosternon angustipons) , Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) , Mexican Mud Turtle (Kinosternon integrum) , Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) , Burmese Flap-shell Turtle (Lissemys scutata) , Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) , Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) , African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) , Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) , Parker's Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina parkeri) , Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) , Siebenrock's snake-necked turtle (Chelodina siebenrocki) , Mekong snail-eating Turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga) , Red Foot Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) , and Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys emys) and many more.

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2. Vietnam: WWF report ranks Vietnam on the list of worst offenders for wildlife crime

SOURCE: Nhân Dân Online; - DATE: 29th July, 2012

A recent report published by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), entitled Wildlife Crime Scorecard: Assessing Compliance with and Enforcement of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Commitments for Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants, has ranked Vietnam on the list as worst offender for wildlife crime. The report gives countries scores of green, yellow or red for each animal, as applicable, as an indicator of recent progress. In the report, Vietnam is referred to as ‘the top destination country for rhino horn' and received two red scores for the persistent trade of rhinos and tigers, CITES Vietnam represents the Vietnamese Government in implementing laws to fight wildlife trafficking in accordance with the international convention. The WWF report provided pathetically poor ratings for Vietnam's legal framework and criticises the country and CITES Vietnam for being the worst nation in controlling wildlife trade. The CITES Management Authority of Vietnam has sent a firm rejection of the WWF report and will ask for a more comprehensive statement on Vietnam's efforts to protect its wildlife.

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3. Vietnam: The rich world paying to eat delicacies

SOURCE: Phụ nữ today; - DATE: 28th July 2012

While there are a lot of people trying to save money, many rich men are willing to pay millions of Vietnamese Dong (hundreds of dollars) for a meal. They have no problem paying about 5 million VND (approximately 250 USD) for a King Crab or to pay even more for dessert dishes made with real gold which claims to cure their health problems. They are also willing to pay 150 million VND (approximately 7200 USD) to have three golden turtles (aka Chinese three striped box turtles (Cuora trifasciata) as a meal.

ATP Note: The illustrated picture shows a Malayan snail-eating turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga)

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4. Kien Giang Province, Vietnam: Wildlife rescue centre opens in Mekong Delta

SOURCE: Nhân Dân Online; - DATE 28th July 2012

Ho Chi Minh City-based non-profit organization Wildlife At Risk (WAR) formally opened a new wildlife rescue facility in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. The three-hectare Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station has already been receiving endangered animals from all over the Mekong Delta and caring for them before releasing them back into the wild. So far it has taken in around 50 endangered species like the Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus), sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae), stump-tailed macaque (Macaca arctoides), pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus), Javan pangolin (Manis javanica), giant Asian pond turtle (Heosemys grandis), and Elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata).

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