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No. 42, 19th August 2012


1. Quang Binh Province, Vietnam: Quang Binh's court decision might have negative impacts on aquatic turtle farmers

SOURCE: - DATE: 19th August, 2012

As previously reported (see ATP bulletin No. 38), the chairman of the Quang Binh province was sued by Mr. Tran Dinh Quyet, the director of the Tien Hau company (Ho Chi Minh City ), whom received a fine for violating regulations on farming and trading wildlife . In this case, the court supported the chairman in fining the company for a forestry violation under Decree 99/2009/ND-CP of national law. On the 16th of August Mr. Tran Dinh Quyet objected the court's decision and requested an appeal in the Supreme court. He vowed to exhaust all national avenues for justice if needed . Mr. Duong Tien The, Vice Head of the Aquaculture department (of the Fisheries Department) stated that according to Decision No. 57/2008/QD-BNN on breeding and trade of fish allowed for production and trade in three species of soft-shell turtles, the Wattle-necked softshell turtle (Palea steindachneri) , the Chinese softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) and the Southeast Asian soft terrapin (Amyda cartilaginea). As these species can be legally farmed, when they are transported, only trade and quarantine papers have to be included, so Mr. The believes the farm should not have been fined for trading Pelodiscus sinensis, he was also concerned that this case might have negative impacts on aquatic turtle farmers since the court seemed bias and the case was not managed or handled in a fair way. ATP Note: it does clearly show incosistencies between departments and how regulations under the fisheries and forestry departments can vary leaving grey areas in legislation.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


2. Manila, Philippines: Chinese wildlife trader banned from the Philippines

SOURCE: - DATE: 18th August, 2012

Zhang Wen Wei, a Chinese wildlife trader who was arrested twice for wildlife trafficking in Hong Kong has been banned from entering the Philippines. Zhang was first arrested on the 8 th of February 2012 with 36 turtles, 20 of which were Philippine pond turtles (Siebenrockiela leytensis), considered one of the rarest turtle species in the world and endemic to Palawan and 16 Asian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis), categorized as a vulnerable species in the Philippines. Zhang was fined HK$8,000 ($1031) for this particular smuggling attempt. Five months later Zhang was again arrested trying to commit the same offense. On the 14 th of June 2012 he was stopped in Hong Kong aboard a Cebu Pacific flight from the Philippines, he was trying to transport 137 reptiles of different species. He was immediately prosecuted by Hong Kong authorities on the 15 th of June and imprisoned for six weeks.

Link to this web article online (English)

Link to this web article online (English)


3. South America: Giant, Round Prehistoric Turtle Discovered

SOURCE: - DATE: 12th July, 2012

A giant prehistoric turtle which lived 60 million years ago has been unearthed in Colombia's La Puente pit in the Cerrejón Coal Mine. The turtle's shell was nearly round like a tire. Named Puentemys mushaisaensis , after the pit where it was found, the turtle would have extended 5 feet (1.5m) across. With warm weather at the time it lived would have been beneficial for the turtle with possibly plentiful food while its enormous size would have made it difficult for even large predators of the time to successfully overpower and eat the enormous turtle. Other species found in the Cerrejón Mine, made famous for its fossil treasures, are the extinct Titanoboa cerrejonensis , two crocodile species, Cerrejonisuchus improcerus and Acherontisuchus guajiraensis , as well as two turtle species, Carbonemys cofrinii and Cerrejonemys wayuunaiki .

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