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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 47, 23rd September 2012
1. Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam: Car carrying rare wildlife stopped
SOURCE: Đài tiếng nói Việt Nam; vov.vn - DATE: 14th September 2012
On the 13th of September 2012 mobile rangers and a forest fire prevention team pulled over a car on the 1A national highway in Quang Xuong district (Thanh Hoa province) which was carrying 15 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) weighing 7kg and 1 oriental rat snake (Ptyas mucosa) weighing 2.5 kg . Both of these species are listed in category IIB in the Red List of Vietnam. The car owner - Nguyen Xuan Hai, 35, from Gia Lai province, was fined 40 million VND ($1919.48) while the animals' origins are currently being investigated.
ATP NOTE: On the 13th of September these turtles and the snake were auctioned off for over 14 million VND (1.8 million VND (~ $37.38) per kg for the big-headed turtles, 700,000 VND (~ $33.59) per kg for the oriental snake).Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)
3. Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam: High demand makes reptile farms flourish
SOURCE: Tuổi trẻ Online; tuoitre.vn - DATE: 18th September, 2012
Every year, Mr Huynh Chi Cong (Phuoc An commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh city) earns billions of VND (hundreds of thousands of USD) from reptile farming . He reportedly has exported 2 tons of turtles to China for a price of 400,000 VND (~ $19.19) per kg from the beginning of this year. He also claimed that his farm was capable of exporting around 4 – 6 tons of commercial snakes and monitor lizards at the rate of 400,000 (~ $19.19) to 600,000 VND (~ $28.79) per kg in 2012.
ATP NOTE: unfortunately the proliferation of farms has been problematic for turtle conservation as monitoring and regulations on farms remain weak with many wild caught animals still entering farms and being laundered through the system. The raising of most hard-shell turtle species to commercial sizes takes years of investment and is difficult with many species difficult to maintain and breed in captivity. Greater monitoring of farms is required to protected Vietnam's turtle species.Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)