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No. 40, 5th August 2012


1. Quang Binh Province, Vietnam: transportation of frozen tiger and bones seized

SOURCE: - DATE: 30th July, 2012

On Monday, 30 th of July, police in Quang Binh Province seized a frozen tiger carcass and tiger bones from an SUV they had stopped for speeding. The driver, Ho Van Bang, 41, and Nguyen Van Ngon, 39, who was also in the car, claimed they did not know what was in the sacks they were carrying, which also contained turtle shells (possibly Cyclemys sp, Malayemys subtrijuga and Cuora amboinensis) and the bones of unidentified animals. After they were arrested and handed over to provincial investigators the men told police they were hired by an unknown man to transport the carcasses to nearby Quang Tri province. The carcass weighed 148 kilograms and was 2.34 meters long. The bones, believed to be from a smaller tiger, weighed 34 kg. The police also found several license plates in the car, including military and government plates. Investigators said the duo had attempted to bribe the traffic police. Tiger bones are used in Vietnam to make a medicine which is used as a traditional pain killer. It sells for about $1,000 for 100 grams, or several hundred dollars an ounce.

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2. Quang Tri Province, Vietnam: Green sea turtle released back to the ocean

SOURCE: - DATE: 2nd August, 2012

In the morning of July 28th , Nguyen Van Phi, caught a sea turtle weighing 52.3 kg while fishing in the open sea in the Gio Linh district, Quang Tri province He immediately pulled the animal into his boat and handed it over to the authorities. After examining the turtle, the turtle, identified as a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) , it was released back to the ocean.

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3. Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam: Police discover 300kg of wildlife in an illegal shipment

SOURCE: - DATE: 31st July, 2012

In the early morning of the 31 st of July, policemen discovered a minivan carrying a large number of wild animals on highway 13 passing through Chon Thanh district, Binh Phuoc province. After examining the cargo more closely, they found 7 bags with 56 Bengal monitors (Varanus bengalensis) (approximately 100kg), 8 bags with 140 Elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata) (approximately 151 kg), 7 bags with 68 Oriental Ratsnake (Ptyas mucosus) (approximately 65 kg) and 4 pangolins (approximately 16 kg). Currently, the police are attempting to identify the owner and origin of the animals.

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4. Switzerland: Seven nations face sanctions over endangered species

SOURCE: - DATE: 27th July, 2012

Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Paraguay, Nepal, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Syria may lose their ability to legally trade tens of thousands of wildlife species after UN conservation delegates agreed Thursday to penalise them for failure to report on their wildlife trade and weak enforcement of regulations. The suspensions against the seven nations were approved by consensus among the delegates and would take effect on the 1 st of October. The suspensions would prevent the countries from legally trading in any of the 35,000 species regulated by the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES estimates the regulated global wildlife trade is between $350m-$530m a year, or almost $2.2bn over the five years from 2006 to 2010. By volume, American black bears (Ursus americanus), South American grey foxes (Lycalopex griseus), Senegal parrots (Poicephalus senegalus) and Malaysian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis) were among the most traded.

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5. Manila, Philippines: Hong Kong returns 100 rare reptiles to the Philippines

SOURCE: - DATE: 1st August, 2012

More than 100 endangered reptiles, including 39 Philippine pond turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis), 46 southeast Asian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis), 19 Mindanao water monitor lizards (Varanus salvator cumingi) and one reticulated python (Python reticulatus), have been returned by Hong Kong officials to the Philippines following the arrest of a 22-year-old Chinese-Filipino student who tried to smuggle the animals to Hong Kong. The suspect was arrested upon his arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport on 14 th June 2011. Most of the animals appeared weak and dehydrated when recovered by Hong Kong airport authorities. The suspect was previously arrested in February for the same offense and faced a penalty of 8,000 Hong Kong dollar ($1031). A second offense is punishable by six years imprisonment and an estimated 1 million HKD fine ($128.918).

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6. Europe: Rescued ploughshare tortoises start first European breeding programme

SOURCE: - DATE: 3rd August 2012

Conservationists are launching the first European breeding programme for ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) in an attempt to create a vital assurance population of the critically endangered animals. Ploughshare tortoises are already being kept in captivity in America, where 20 animals are registered within three institutions, but it is the first time that they are being coordinated to form a breeding population in Europe. It follows a boom in the Asian pet trade, where ploughshares are being sold illegally for high prices, raising further concern for the future of the species. The ploughshare tortoise is one of the most threatened species on the planet and until now, conservation efforts have focused on saving the species in its home range in Madagascar and protecting its native habitat. To start the European breeding programme, 13 rescued tortoises have been brought to three respected zoological institutions.

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