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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No.3, 30th October 2011
3. Quang Tri & Gia Lai provinces, Vietnam. Confiscate and release many wildlife animals back to nature
SOURCE: hanoimoi.com.vn – DATE: October 27, 2011
According to Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), Huong Hoa rangers have recently released about 20.5 kg of wild animals back to the wild, including 15 turtles (Cyclemys oldhamii) and 3 Chinese softshell turtles (Pelodiscus sinensis) . All animals were confiscated when being transported. The truck driver was fined VND 6.5 million ($310).
According to ENV a trader was also arrested by Gia Lai authorities illegally transporting wild animals, including one Giant Asian pond turtle (Heosemys grandis) and 2 Elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata).
6. China. 51 illegally caught sea turtles rescued
SOURCE: newscontent.cctv.com – DATE: October 24, 2011
51 illegally caught sea turtles have been confiscated by Border Security officials on Monday in Zhoushan in East China's Zhejiang Province. The shipment consisted of mostly Green Turtles ( Chelonia mydas ) and at least one leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), many animals of 1.5 meter and weighting 100kg. Only seven of the animals were alive and were later released.
11. Da Nang. Hot news: An illegal turtle trade was confiscated
SOURCE: dantri.com.vn – DATE: October 29, 2011
In the afternoon of Friday the 28 th of October 2011, Da Nang Environmental Police cooperated with Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) to follow up on an illegal trade case where a turtle was advertised on the internet for sale. The Bourret's box turtle (Cuora bourreti) was advertised as rua vang, the local name for Cuora trifasciata, by Tran Quoc Tuan who intended to sell it for a price of 10 million VND. Tran Quoc Tuan was arrested and the advertisement removed.
Above: Picture of Cuora trifasciata as it was advertised on the internet
Below: When police followed up on the lead from ENV they found a Cuora bourreti