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No. 44, 2nd September 2012


1. Bangkok, Thailand: 900 Star Tortoises seized in Thailand

SOURCE: - DATE: 29th August, 2012

On Monday (27 th of August, 2012), Tourist police and Royal Thai Customs officers stopped a 26 year old man who attempted to smuggle 890 Indian Star Tortoises (Geochelone elegans) , which are highly prized as exotic pets and remain targets for collection and trade. The tortoises all juveniles, were found stuffed into six pillow cases and hidden inside the suspect's suitcase on a Thai Airways flight from Calcutta to Bangkok. The suspect is expected to face charges under Thailand's Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, Customs Act and the Animals Epidemics Act.

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2. Vietnam: Illegal pets in Vietnamese households

SOURCE: - DATE: 30th August, 2012

On August 29, Tuy Hoa City police searched a house in Tuy Hoa city and found many cages holding wild animals. The police confiscated 12 Oriental Rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus) , 2 Bengal monitors (Varanus bengalensis) and a small Indian civet (Viverricula indica), species which are all protected under Vietnamese law (Decree 32/2006ND-CP, group IIB). Police also found a lot of frozen animals including 5 Oriental Rat snakes (Ptyas mucosus) , one Keeled-box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) among other species. Le Thi Kim Dinh , the owner, admitted that she acquired all the wildlife from illegal sources .

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3. Sandakan town, Sabah state, Malaysia: Sale of turtle eggs widespread in Sandakan

SOURCE: - DATE: 28th August, 2012

The sale of marine turtle eggs, banned in 1997, is widespread in Sandakan town. The eggs are smuggled in to the country through Pulau Taganak in the Philippines, about an hour's travel by boat from Sandakan and are sold discreetly in areas close to the Sandakan market. One vendor said turtle eggs are sold because of the high public demand. Anyone keeping turtle eggs in the state could be charged under Section 41(2) of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997, which carries a fine of up to RM50000 (~$16,070) or five months in jail.

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4. El Salvador: Quake destroys 45,000 rare turtle eggs

SOURCE: - DATE: 28th August, 2012

A 7.4-magnitude undersea quake in the Pacific Ocean late Sunday destroyed more than 45,000 eggs of the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) on the coast of El Salvador. It also washed up on about 150 people collecting eggs in order to protect the eggs in special pens hundreds of feet up the beach.

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