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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 41, 12th August 2012
1. India: Two Indian arrested illegally smuggling animals
SOURCE: business-standard.com - DATE: 7th August 2012
Police in Bangladesh have arrested two people at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka after they attempted to smuggle 108 rare Tricarinate hill turtles (Melanochelys tricarinata) to Bangkok, Thailand. The two men, one Indian and one Bangladeshi, had their bags searched at the airport by Bangladeshi customs officials who found 50 turtles stuffed tightly in one bag and 58 in another. The turtles were still alive when discovered, wrapped in scotch tape. CARINAM, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with turtles, said that said the seized reptiles known as 'Shila Turtle' are and on the verge of extinction due to rapid habitat loss and illegal exploitation. According to Bangladesh's forest department, eight animal species have become extinct in Bangladesh over the last several decades and many of the countries native species are currently classified as critically endangered by the IUCN due to poaching, wildlife trafficking and habitat loss.
2. International: The five largest reptiles on Earth
SOURCE: environmentalgraffiti.com - DATE: 6th August, 2012
Reptiles have been around some 300 million years and our planet has seen its fair share of gigantic scaled beasts during its history. A few behemoths from the golden age of reptiles still exist today: The Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), reticulated python (Python reticulatus), tuatara, Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), and the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), being the largest of all living reptiles.Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)
4. Vietnam: Ignorance of Vietnamese drives species to the brink of extinction
SOURCE: voh.com.vn - DATE: 6th August, 2012
It is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam to consume wildlife because people believe that food or medicine made from wild animals will cure any health problems. However, most people don't realize that they are driving the species that they consume to the brink of extinction. Just recently, Vietnam was ranked by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) as the worst wildlife crime offender.
5. Indonesia: Thousands of marine turtle eggs seized - again
SOURCE: www.traffic.org - DATE: 9th August, 2012
In a repeat of events that took place just over a year ago, authorities in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Saturday (4 th August) foiled an attempt to smuggle close to 4,000 turtle eggs into neighbouring Sarawak, Malaysia. A multi-agency taskforce confiscated the turtle eggs from a truck in the border district of Jagoi Babang where in April 2011 they stopped a truck driver carrying over 3,405 turtle eggs in a consignment declared as mangoes destined for the market in Serikin, Sarawak. Marine turtle eggs are in high demand as they are considered a traditional delicacy by some consumers and an aphrodisiac by others. They are commonly found in seizures in all three countries that share the island of Borneo—Indonesia, Malaysia (which includes the states of Sabah and Sarawak) and Brunei. With all marine turtles, including their eggs, listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) any commercial trade across international borders illegal without the necessary paperwork.