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No. 57, 2nd December 2012


1. Binh Dinh province, Vietnam: 23.5 kg Hawksbill sea turtle released to the sea

SOURCE: Giáo dục và Thời đại Online; - DATE: 26th November 2012

On 26th November, the People's Committee of Nhon Ly commune, Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh province released a 23.5 kg Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) to the sea. The turtle was accidentally caught by Ly Van Man, 16. This turtle was the 4 th to be released in the area during the nesting season.

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2. Dhaka city, Bangladesh: 40 turtles, 200 shells seized in Bangladesh

SOURCE: Two Circles Net online news; - DATE: 30th November 2012

A wildlife smuggler was arrested in Bangladesh on Friday with 40 live turtles as well as 200 turtle shells were seized. Farid Ahmed, 40, was held by forest department officials, and turtles of three species -- Indian flapshell turtles (Lissemys punctata), endangered Assam roofed turtles (Pangshura sylhetensis) a nd other soft-shell turtles (unknown species) -- were found in his possession in Narayanganj city, Bangladesh, the Daily Star reported. Bangladesh's wildlife law strictly prohibits poaching, capturing, trapping and trading of wildlife. Breach of the law carries a penalty of minimum one year in jail or a fine of Taka 50,000 ($615).

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3. Philippines: Turtle recall - More than 100 animals are rescued from poachers and returned to the wild

SOURCE: Daily Mail Online News; - DATE: 30th November 2012

Hundreds of endangered sea turtles were saved from certain death after sailors interrupted poachers off the coast of the Philippines. The rare animals were set to be sold to Chinese nationals, but the buyers managed to escape, the Filipino navy claimed. Local people in the area said Chinese businessmen are willing to pay as much as $120 per individual . Illegal trade where exotic animals are being sold to China has expanded in recent years as the nation's economy has grown. The Filipino navy personnel collected the sea turtles and measured them before taking them back to shore. The animals were put in makeshift cages near Balabac Islandon Palawan province from which they will be released back into the wild.

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